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India – A Catholic in Kerala whose hand was cut off by Muslims who accused him of blasphemy has been acquitted of the charge after three years fighting for justice. Professor T.J. Joseph had been targeted when he set a test for his students in which the Prophet Mohammed was listed in a sentence with…

South Africa – A Catholic priest is recovering after a man whom he earlier helped attacked him and left him for dead in the city of Pretoria. Fr Craigh Laubscher of St John Fisher Catholic Church had just left his church when he was set upon by the man. The priest was severely beaten and…

"The Holy Father should not have received that individual." Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who served as personal secretary to the former Pope for 39 years, commenting – in a new book, I Lived with a Saint – on a 2004 meeting between the late Pontiff’s meetings and disgraced Legionaries of Christ founder Father Marcial…

Three leading Catholic academics have criticised a Department of Education survey seeking views on how Church-run schools can be made more inclusive. Prof Eamonn Conway, Dr Eugene Duffy and Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove, from the Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick sent their submission in a personal capacity to…

Zimbabwe – St Mary’s Cathedral of Bulawayo has become the only Minority Basilica across southern Africa following its awarding by Pope Francis. “This building qualifies to be a basilica because of its centrality to the colonial struggles in Southern Africa as well as its age,” Archbishop Alex Thomas said in announcing the new title for…

Paul Keenan and Cathal Barry Parishes across Ireland are mounting massive fundraising efforts for the Philippines as Irish missionaries there say more aid is urgently needed. In the wake of super-typhoon Haiyan, some 10 million people are directly affected and more than 5 million people left homeless. The death toll is expected to be in…