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Scaled down Sistine is a big draw as coach loads flock to Sussex church

With its vaulted ceilings and intricate detail, you would be forgiven for thinking that the artwork inside the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Goring, West Sussex, was crafted by the fair hands of Michelangelo himself. In fact, the church has parishioner Gary Bevans to thank for this remarkable reproduction of the Sistine Chapel. Mr Bevans, […]

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Northern Ireland casts a wary eye as Scotland prepares for its big vote

If Scotland votes Yes to independence it would prompt a crisis for Northern Ireland unionists and could spark political instability, an expert has said. Generations of migration between the two countries have created close cultural and historical links. In places, the gap between the two coasts is hardly 20 miles; loyalists fly the Scottish saltire […]

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Catholics pour cold water over ice bucket challenge

Catholics have been asked to reconsider plans to take part in the global social media trend of the ice bucket challenge after it was pointed out that the charities being widely supported with subsequent donations have faced criticism in the past for their unethical practices. The sister charities, Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) or Amyotrophic […]

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Lib Dems sideline parents with ‘outrageous’ proposal

In a shock move, the Liberal Democrats have outlined plans to introduce sex education for seven-year-olds in order for them to become “good citizens”. Children in state-funded schools in England would receive “age-appropriate” classes on sex and relationships as part of a “curriculum for life”, also including advice on money management and citizenship. The move […]

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Pope Francis pays tribute to former taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been remembered at his state funeral as a determined peacemaker who led Ireland with honesty and deep rooted goodness. Hundreds of mourners from the world of politics, business, horse racing and music gathered at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin to pay their last respects. Pope Francis set […]

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Panic, hunger spread among quarantined West Africans in Ebola areas

Hunger and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, say Church workers in West Africa. In Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, Church groups “are trying to get food and distribute it to families who have asked us to help, but movement […]

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As battles rage, Catholics in Ukraine request Independence Day prayers

As Ukrainians prepared to mark their Independence Day (24th August) under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities. At the same time, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, issued a rebuttal to […]

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Cardinal tells Pope about trails of displaced in Iraq

Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in northwestern Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group. The Pope met Cardinal Filoni the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq as the […]

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