Catholic father of five to lead New Zealand

The new prime minister of New Zealand, Bill English, is a practising Catholic. In 2008 he said: “It is very good for someone in public life to spend a minimum of an hour a week … going to Mass and hearing language like forgiveness, mercy, sinfulness, worship.”

Ordination is ‘slap in the face’ for Francis

An excommunicated bishop’s presence at two episcopal ordinations in China is a “slap in the face” for Pope Francis, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.

L’Arche founder given Légion d’honneur

Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche, has been presented with the Légion d’honneur by the French prime minister, Manuel Valls.

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