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The House of Parliament in London.

UK is 'hijacking' N Ireland on abortion, bishops say

Jul 18, 2019

The bishops of Northern Ireland noted their alarm Wednesday at the British parliament's passage of a bill that will legalize... Read more

N Ireland bill legalizing abortion, gay marriage faces challenges in House of Lords

Jul 15, 2019

As the British parliament continues to consider a bill on Northern Ireland including amendments that would legalize abortion and same-sex... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

UK parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, abortion in N Ireland

Jul 10, 2019

The British parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland –  a vote that will take... Read more

N Ireland bishops denounce 'undemocratic' attempt to expand abortion

Jul 8, 2019

Bishops in Northern Ireland have spoken out against amendments to a bill in the British parliament that would liberalize abortion... Read more

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Doctors promised disabled woman 'new doll' after planned forced abortion

Jun 25, 2019

Lawyers told the appeal court Monday that doctors had prepared the woman for an enforced late-term abortion by promising her... Read more

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Forced abortion decision overturned on appeal, according to reports

Jun 24, 2019

Thousands of people have signed a petition urging U.K. Health and Social Care Secretary Matthew Hancock to stop a forced... Read more

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UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman

Jun 21, 2019

A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a... Read more

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English bishop welcomes climate change report

May 7, 2019

The English and Welsh bishops' lead on environmental issues welcomed Thursday the publication of an advisory group's report encouraging the... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

British parliamentary committee urges action on N Ireland abortion law

Apr 25, 2019

A committee of the British parliament has said Westminster should bypass Northern Ireland's self-governance to clarify the region's abortion law.  Read more

The Standing Together to stop knife crime rally in London, April 6, 2019.

Cardinal Nichols urges 'a sense of belonging' to counter knife crime

Apr 8, 2019

At a ecumenical rally to call for an end to knife crime, the Archbishop of Westminster on Saturday challenged the... Read more

Participants in a women’s march on Westminster highlighting 100,000 alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, Feb. 26, 2019.

Northern Ireland anti-abortion law has saved 100,000 lives, pro-lifers say

Mar 13, 2019

Efforts to protect the unborn from legal abortion in Northern Ireland continue despite efforts to bypass self-governance and go directly... Read more

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A ‘clericalist and apostate state:’ Why Jacob Rees-Mogg wants out of the EU

Dec 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament for North East Somerset, is one of the most visible Catholic politicians in the U.K.... Read more

Pro-EU Protester on the Peoples Vote March Holds a Large Homemade Sign About the Brexit Irish Border Issue.

Ahead of Brexit, Irish fear border tensions and split parishes

Oct 5, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders fear a revival of border tensions in Ireland following Brexit. As the United Kingdom prepares for its withdrawal... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England at a Vatican press conference in 2015.

Cardinal Nichols to face questions about British abuse case

Oct 4, 2018

By Ed Condon

Amid a British investigation into sexual abuse, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster is expected to face questions regarding the way... Read more

Princess Alexandra of Hanover at the Rose Ball 2018 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 24, 2018.

Monegasque princess removed from British line of succession for becoming Catholic

Oct 1, 2018

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a member of the royal family of Monaco, has reportedly been removed from her distant place... Read more

Religious sister from Iraq again denied entry to UK

Jun 25, 2018

Sister Ban Madleen, a Dominican sister from Iraq who had to flee ISIS, has once again been denied entry to... Read more

The March for Life UK in London, May 5, 2018.

March for Life UK draws thousands to London

May 8, 2018

A Scottish bishop addressed the March for Life UK on Saturday, challenging pro-lifers to be courageous in sharing their witness.  Read more

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UK slammed for media portrayal of people with disabilities

Sep 19, 2017

A United Nations committee addressing the rights of disabled people has rebuked the U.K. for how people with disabilities are portrayed by... Read more

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster from 2000 to 2009, and who died Sept. 1, 2017.

England mourns death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Updated)

Sep 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster for nine years, from 2000-2009, died Friday at the age of... Read more

Could 'British values' anti-extremism push jeopardize Catholics?

Aug 8, 2017

A government proposal in the United Kingdom to set up an anti-extremism commission could unjustly affect faithful Christians, Bishop Mark... Read more