Thursday’s headlines: Pope and Cardinal Newman parallels; dress code crackdown at Vatican; Welsh parish fundraises to repatriate murdered Polish mother and son

Cardinal Newman and Pope Benedict share fight against relativism, writes Vatican expert

Vatican guards crack down on dress code. Those visiting St Peter’s Basilica have long been required to dress modestly, but from early this week the Swiss Guards appeared to have extended the rules to the entire Vatican City State.

A plan to form an independent association of Ireland’s 6,500 priests will aim to make church leadership more publicly accountable, its three leading movers said last night.

A Church and community in Wales is raising money so the bodies of a Polish woman and her 11-year-old son who died after an stabbing attack can be returned to their homeland for burial. Members of the St Mary’s Roman Catholic church in Flint have joined local members of the Polish community to launch the appeal.

The collection was organised by the parent teacher association (PTA) at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Flint where Patryk, who died at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool, was a pupil.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she respects the Church and other religious groups in the wake of comments from a Catholic archbishop suggesting Christians might not vote for her.

Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey said Ms Gillard’s atheism could influence Christian voters not to vote Labor at the election on August 21. Campaigning ahead of elections, Ms Gillard pointed to the record government funding for school building projects that the Catholic church, the largest provider of private education in Australia, had received in her tenure as education minister.

Anglican Catholic Church of Canada votes overwhelmingly to unite with Rome. Full report wherein the vote was taken by the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada to formally requests an Anglican Ordinariate for Canada.

Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and the Secretary of the same Congregation have addressed the following Letter to the Catholic Bishops and Priests of mainland China.

A top Vatican prelate has criticised Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero over a new law legalising abortion in his country.

Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula described the law was ‘senseless, absolutely senseless, and corresponds to Zapatero’s mindset”, in an interview with the religious monthly Il Consulente Re.

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