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Bishop Ambrose Griffiths (above), Bishop Emeritus of Hexham and Newcastle, died peacefully yesterday afternoon.


Fra Freddy Crichton-Stuart, the Grand Prior of England in the Knights of Malta, died yesterday morning.


Catholic leaders have hailed plans to rescue an historic Ushaw College, announced just days before its 200-year-old seminary is set to close.


Pope Benedict XVI received replicas of the six most significant churches of his life to mark the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The day will be celebrated on June 29, the solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul.


Special Vatican Curia meeting discussed problems of religious life.


Caritas Internationalis has announced that its members will provide £4.64 million to provide essential aid to 100,000 people in South Sudan over the next year.


Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati, India, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, says he will continue his peace initiatives award or no award.


Archbishop Dairmuid Martin of Dublin says immigrants enrich Ireland’s Catholic Church.


Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishops without the Pope’s approval may be exempt from the usual penalty of automatic excommunication, according to the Vatican’s new policy on bishops.



Archbishop Jose Octavio Ruiz Arenas, the recently appointed Secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, shares his understanding of aspects of the teaching underpinning the creation of the new Council.



Cardinal George Pell congratulates the ‘Catholic Facebook’ for its third anniversary.


—Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper’s blog

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