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Adam Smith-Connor was fined for “praying for [his] son, who is deceased” near an abortion facility in Bournemouth, England.

Second bystander ensnared by English ban on prayer outside abortion clinics

Jan 22, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Amid continuing controversy over strict limits on behavior outside abortion clinics in some English cities, a man faces a fine... Read more

Bishops of England, Scotland, and Wales line up to kiss Pope Benedict XVI's ring at Oscott College in Birmingham, central England, on Sept. 19, 2010, where he later addressed bishops.

Benedict XVI is mourned in the United Kingdom

Dec 31, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, King Charles, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain were... Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Woman arrested while praying silently outside abortion clinic charged with ‘intimidation’

Dec 30, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce is accused of “protesting and engaging in an act that is intimidating to service users.” Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Woman arrested by English police for silent prayer near abortion facility

Dec 21, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

As part of her bail conditions, restrictions have been placed on her participating in public prayer. Read more

Interior of the Scottish Parliament Building.

Scottish bishops warn of ‘gender reform’ bill

Dec 20, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Scottish bishops have released a statement in opposition to the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals to change... Read more

Bishop Robert Byrne

English bishop resigns, saying office is ‘too great a burden’

Dec 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

A bishop in the U.K. has taken the unusual step of announcing his resignation on the grounds that the office... Read more

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UK Supreme Court rules in favor of banning prayer, protests at abortion clinics

Dec 7, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The law prohibits “direct” and “indirect” pro-life “influence,” broadly defined, within 100 meters (about 328 feet) of an abortion provider. Read more

Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public near an abortion center in Bournemouth, England.

UK Supreme Court to rule on ‘censorship zone’ outside abortion facilities

Dec 6, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Pro-life and free-speech campaigners in the United Kingdom are awaiting a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Read more

Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public

UK woman praying in public asked to ‘move on’ by local authorities

Nov 25, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Concerns about religious freedom in the UK are intensifying after local council officers confronted a woman on the south coast... Read more

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris arrives at St Anne's Cathedral for the Service of Reflection in Belfast on Sept. 13, 2022.

UK government funds abortion in Northern Ireland as pro-life groups object

Oct 25, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Chris Heaton-Harris, secretary of state for Northern Ireland, said Monday that the U.K. government will “ensure the commissioning of abortion... Read more

The affected area in Bournemouth.

English town forbids making sign of the cross, using holy water near abortion center

Oct 18, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Council of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole in southern England has drawn red lines around an abortion provider and designated... Read more

British police (file photo)

UK social media arrest: One minute Catholic mom was roasting chicken, the next she was off to jail

Oct 13, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Caroline Farrow says “gender-critical” Catholics have become “soft targets” for LGBTQ crackdowns in the U.K. Read more

Dr. Richard Scott

UK doctor investigated for praying with patients calls on Christians to ‘stand up and fight’

Sep 30, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A Christian doctor has appealed to Christians in professional life to “stand up and fight” after he faced investigation for... Read more

King Charles III walks alongside the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022, in London. Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept. 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.

Catholic prayers for Queen Elizabeth II — and the new king

Sep 19, 2022

By AC Wimmer

While millions bid final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II today, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have commented on... Read more

Tower Bridge, London

The story behind London’s new Shrine to Mary, Mother of Persecuted Christians

Sep 8, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

What may well be the first shrine in Europe dedicated to persecuted Christians will be blessed today in central London,... Read more

Therese Coffey

New UK Health chief, a practicing Catholic, under fire for pro-life views

Sep 7, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A Catholic Member of Parliament who was appointed yesterday to the role of Health Secretary in the UK has come... Read more

Liz Truss MP, Minister of State for Women and Equalities.

As new British PM takes office, Catholic bishops offer prayers and help

Sep 6, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

In a message to new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster pledged his prayers and support... Read more

Hollie Dance (center left) and Paul Battersbee (center right)), the mother and father of Archie Battersbee, speak to the media as they leave the Royal Courts of Justice on June 29, 2022 in London, England. Archie's parents ultimately lost their legal fight to keep their son on life support. He died on Aug. 6, 2022.

Archie Battersbee, 12, dies after being taken off life support against his parents’ wishes

Aug 7, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Archie had been in a coma since April when he was found unconscious with a ligature around his neck. Read more

The Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen in the Diocese of Brentwood, Essex (UK).

Why the heritage listing of this 'radical' English cathedral might signal a change in attitude

Jul 14, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

The first classical cathedral to be built in England since St. Paul’s Cathedral has achieved a coveted recognition that shows... Read more

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Pro-lifers speak out as ‘DIY abortion’ amendment advances

Mar 18, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The amendment would permanently allow at-home medical abortions. Read more