Wednesday headlines: Israel; Papal visit; abortion, refugee week

Pope, Vatican and Caritas condemn Israeli raid on ‘Freedom Flotilla’

Papal visit to UK Church’s costs ‘double to £14 million’

Ten European states join ‘Crucifix’ trails

Women considering abortions offered £3,700 to keep their baby in Italy

Wirral is to get its first multi-faith school as part of plans to shake up education and tackle falling pupil numbers. The new school will replace a Catholic primary, in Leasowe, which is due to formally close at the end of the current academic year. It will be supported by both Catholic and Anglican dioceses.

Colin Firth launches on-line Refugee Week film festival

Colin Firth at festival launch


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