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Germany – The Vatican has announced that the Vicar General of the German Diocese of Limburg will administer the troubled diocese following the removal of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, whose €31 million spend on his house caused uproar in the country. According to the Vatican press office, Pope Francis authorised "a period of leave outside…

United Nations – Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations has called on the international community to seize the opportunity in disarming weapons of mass destruction. During an address to the UN General Assembly last week, the archbishop said recent moves on chemical weapons in…

Over 150 young people from several dioceses throughout Ireland gathered last weekend for the first ever John Paul II Fest at Knock Shrine. The national day of celebration was for those who have either completed the John Paul II Award or are currently involved in the programme. Frank McGuinness, director of Youth Ministries in the…

Vatican – The newly-appointed Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin is recuperating after his recent surgery, the Holy See Press Office has said. In a statement last weekend, the office said: "As is known, he recently underwent a surgical procedure, which took place in Padua in the department of hepatobiliary surgery in the university…

Iran – Four Christians have been sentenced to flogging after police discovered them consuming wine during a communion service at their house church. Behzad Taalipasand, Mehdi Reza Omidi, Mehdi Dadkhah and Amir Hatemi will receive 80 lashes each for the offence, despite the constitutional protections supposedly offered to non-Muslim worship in Iran. Commenting on the…