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Ireland mourns Catholic school administrator lost on MH17

The Irish woman who lost her life in the latest Malaysian airlines disaster was returning from a trip to Ireland from Australia to nurse her ailing mother. Dubliner Edel Mahady was returning to her family in Perth when she died aboard the jet hit by a rebel missile over Ukrainian air space. The mother of two had […]


Pell determined to push the Vatican Bank into modern age

Pope Francis is well on the way to achieving a total and radical reform of the Vatican’s finances. That became abundantly clear on 9th July when the Australian cardinal George Pell, the man he appointed to spearhead the reforms, presented the New Economic Framework for the Holy See at a crowded press conference in the […]


Richard III will receive the burial and respect he deserves

Following months of controversy and a complex legal battle over the reinterment of the remains of King Richard II, The Universe has received a personal assurance from the Dean of Leicester Cathedral that the king’s remains will be treated with “respect” and “dignity”. However, his response may not satisfy campaigners, and in particular The Plantagenet […]


Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine

Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine. According to Australian news reports, as many as 108 of those who died July 17 were on their way to Melbourne for the International […]

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Possible sectarian attack destroys artifacts at Catholic church

A Smashed statue of ‘Jesus’ lies among other broken religious artefacts, including Stations of the Cross, on Our Lady of the Angels Oratory on Greencastle Street, Kilkeel, on 10th July. A possible sectarian attack on Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Chapel has left 14 Stations of the Cross, three statues as well as pews and […]


Teenager admits killing Leeds teacher

The teenager accused of murdering Catholic teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom in Leeds has “accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing”, a court has been told. The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared via video-link at Leeds Crown Court accused of stabbing the 61-year-old teacher to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College […]


Ancient ‘Holy Grail’ stolen by thieves

A major police hunt is underway after a religious artefact – which some believe to be the Holy Chalice used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper – was stolen. The Nanteos Cup, an ancient wooden chalice said to have magical healing powers, was loaned to a seriously ill woman in the Midlands. Thieves allegedly […]

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Pope calls for new ceasefire as fresh air attacks hit Holy Land

As Israel continued bombing Gaza and Hamas launched rockets against Israel, Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal for an end to the fighting and killing, and the restoration of peace in the Holy Land. His first call to both sides in the conflict to look for a peaceful end to the fighting came last […]

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Anglicans left with conscience choice after female bishop vote

The Church of England’s decision this week to allow the consecration of women bishops ends years of internal conflict and opens up an interesting debate within the Catholic Church. In breaking with nearly 2,000 years of tradition, some members of the Church’s Anglo-Catholic and headship evangelical wings, which oppose female bishops, said that they voted […]

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Head rejects report critical of Oratory’s admissions policy

The headmaster of the London Oratory School, which is one of the country’s best state schools, has hit back after its admissions policy was heavily criticised in a report by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA). It concludes that the Catholic boys’ school, whose past pupils include the sons of former Prime Minister Tony […]


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