Cherry blossom time in Japan

BBC News: Newspaper headlines: May’s Russia ultimatum and ‘eggstortion’
Theresa May gives Russia a deadline for explaining the use of a Russian-made nerve agent in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

Mary McAleese: My youngest brother was abused by paedophile priest Malachy Finnegan
A former Irish president has revealed her youngest brother was “seriously, physically, sadistically” abused by a paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan.See CNI Morning Post, this site

Why was paedophile priest allowed to take part in church service in Banbridge?
The Diocese of Dromore and the Catholic Church have declined to comment on how paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan was permitted to take part in a service in Banbridge after abuse allegations had been made against him.

Bishops will cooperate fully with any enquiry into abuse

McAreavey remains bishop despite resignation announcement
Resignation yet to be accepted by Pope and has no validity until thenOn March 3rd, in a letter to the people, priests and religious of Dromore diocese, the bishop announced his resignation “with a heavy heart” and “following recent media coverage which has disturbed and upset many people”. This was a reference to media reports, particularly on BBC Northern Ireland’s …

Despite the weather, record numbers of pro-lifers turned out in Dublin

Bishop – ultimate delusion to extinguish right to life

McAleese has no plans to campaign on abortion referendum

McAleese says Pope has not acknowledged her letter

Londonderry’s ‘Protestant exodus’: when they burned the church hall, we knew we had to move
Protestants who fled violence in Londonderry at the start of the 1970s share their stories with NIALL DEENEY After being labelled an ‘Orange b******’ in the street by a man she didn’t know, the burning down of a Protestant church hall was the last straw for Doris Carruthers.

London property magnate confirms donor support for DUP’s Ian Paisley Junior

Queen Elizabeth joins senior royals, clergy, and faith leaders in service for the Commonwealth
Senior members of Britain’s royal family, led by Queen Elizabeth II, have attended the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent nations who, within the commonwealth, are of equal status. Commonwealth countries are present in 26 Anglican provinces from the Americas to Oceania. The Christian service was attended by leaders of a number of different denominations and leaders of other faiths – some of whom read prayers.

Academic finds evidence rogue US servicemen tried to assist IRA
Members of the US Navy were sympathetic to the IRA and some even tried to enlist directly with Martin McGuinness, research carried out by a university scholar indicates.

Reports on the Church of England Education Office response to the Government’s call for evidence on proposed changes to teaching Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE in schools. The articles quote from a blog written by the Church of England Chief Education Officer, Rev Nigel Genders.

Reports on evidence given by Bishop Wallace Benn yesterday at the start of the second week of IICSA hearings into the Anglican Church in England and Wales focusing on the diocese of Chichester as a case study.

Reports on reaction to the death of Sir Ken Dodd, including tributes from Rev Julia Jesson, vicar at St John’s Church, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes. (See also Obituary, below)

Commonwealth Day service held yesterday at Westminster Abbey and attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal family.

Interview with Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher, a member of the Church of England Environment Working Group, who is taking part in the Church of England Lent challenge to reduce the use of single use plastic.

Report on Private Member’s Motion to the General Synod tabled by Christina Baron, General Synod member.

News feature on the ordination of the first women priests in the Church of England.

News article on financial education for children, marking the start of Global Money Week. Includes mention of the LifeSavers programme, run by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation in partnership with the charity Young Enterprise.

Articles speculating on the significance of a diamond cross bracelet worn by Meghan Markle.

Further report on outcome of disciplinary process for a Church of England rector (St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese) who had admitted voyeurism.

Further report on penalty imposed following determination of a Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Oxford.

Article on Mary Magdalene to mark release of new film.

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Pressure mounts on Trump after Putin’s recent anti-Semitic remarks

5 years of Francis and his gritty Catholicism