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United Kingdom

Catholic Church pledges support to King Charles ahead of coronation

England’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols has pledged the Church’s “support and prayers” to King Charles III ahead of his May 6 coronation, as the new monarch praised the work of faith communities in national life. Source: OSV News.

Europe United Kingdom

Scotland’s bishops defend religion in public life

Scotland’s bishops have called out the country’s political parties for “removing the of conscience from their parliamentarians on votes involving contentious moral issues”. Source: Crux.

United Kingdom

British diocese reeling after launch of four inquiries

England’s Hexham and Newcastle Diocese is in turmoil after four inquiries, including one by the Vatican, have been launched into what happened there during the tenure of its former bishop, Robert Byrne. Source: The Tablet.

Marriage United Kingdom

Church of England proposes blessing of same-sex unions, but no marriage

The Church of England has rejected calls to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages but is proposing that couples who married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church. Source: Guardian Australia.

Gender United Kingdom

Scottish bishops warn against gender reform bill

Scotland’s bishops have released a strongly worded statement in opposition to the Government’s plans to make it significantly easier for individuals to change their gender identity. Source: CNA.

Bishops United Kingdom

English bishop quits after finding role ‘too great a burden’

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who has quit almost a decade before he was due to retire, saying the demands of his office were “too great a burden”. Source: Catholic Herald.

Persecution United Kingdom

King hears testimony of persecuted Christians

Britain’s King Charles has met a priest who survived abduction and death threats in Nigeria, at an Advent gathering of Christian charities in London last week. Source: The Tablet.

Abortion United Kingdom

Primate condemns decision to ‘fast-track’ abortion in Northern Ireland

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland has attacked the British Government’s decision to “fast-track” the rollout of abortion services in Northern Ireland. Source: The Tablet.

Religion United Kingdom

Christians in England and Wales fall below 50 per cent

Less than half of the population of England and Wales described themselves as “Christian” in the 2021 census, according to the results published yesterday. Source: The Tablet.