Britain says churches can't open until July; bishops not happy

Churches in England and Wales must wait until July before they may reopen, under a coronavirus recovery strategy published by the government.

Belgium's Brothers of Charity cut ties to their homes over euthanasia

Belgium's Brothers of Charity have cut ties with their 15 homes for psychiatric patients after the Vatican stripped the institutions of their Catholic status because euthanasia was permitted on their premises.

Despite opposition, abortion is now legal in Northern Ireland

The British government has pressed ahead with the legalization of abortion in Northern Ireland.

A right of access to abortion was included in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019, which passed into law last October, and a legal framework for abortion provision was announced March 25.

Catholic leaders pay tribute to Archbishop Smith

Catholic leaders paid tribute to Archbishop Peter Smith, vice president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, who died March 6 after a short illness.