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Pope Francis says Bishop Tonino Bello was a ‘prophet for our time’

The Pope visited Alessano, southern Italy, the birthplace of Bishop Bello, whose Cause was opened in 2007

Catholic community mourns mother killed on Southwest flight

The Annunciation School praised Jennifer Riordan’s ‘positive motivating spirit’

Pope Francis says Bishop Tonino Bello was a ‘prophet for our time’

The Pope visited Alessano, southern Italy, the birthplace of Bishop Bello, whose Cause was opened in 2007

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German bishops deny that Vatican has rejected Protestant Communion plan

They also said that the Pope has agreed to meet Cardinal Marx in Rome

Irish pro-lifers launch ‘vote no’ campaign for abortion referendum

Ireland could end up with one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world, campaigners warned

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ Communion for Protestants plan

Pope Francis has allegedly backed the rejection, but no details have been made public

How the director of ‘The Exorcist’ discovered the reality of demonic possession

William Friedkin filmed a real-life exorcism in 2016

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VIDEO: ‘I am hoping that the Pope will save my son,’ says Alfie Evans’s father

Tom Evans said he has seen the ‘love and the care’ in Pope Francis’s eyes

Criticisms of Alfie Evans hospital are ‘unfounded’, say bishops

The English and Welsh Bishops defended Alder Hey hospital hours after Alfie’s father begged Pope Francis to grant his son ‘asylum’

Alfie Evans’s father meets Pope Francis

Tom Evans met the Pope before the Pontiff’s weekly general audience

Icelandic Catholic leaders condemn ‘anti-Semitic’ circumcision law

The law would mean the ‘regular persecution of Jewish people,’ Fr Jakob Rolland warned

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Taking a ‘leap of faith’ doesn’t mean being irrational

Conversion involves trustfulness and self-surrender, not simply impulse

This is how to inspire young Catholics

An upbeat exploration of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body shows the way forward for catechesis

Why is Macron courting the Church?

Macron wants Catholics to be more involved in public life. Could France’s secular settlement be under threat?

Why are parables so powerful? A screenwriter gives the answer

The most interesting stories are those that break convention. The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the greatest

A new era for American Catholicism

As Paul Ryan stands down, a new generation of Catholics is thinking differently

The last and greatest of the Restoration comedies

Haydn Gwynne, playing the great comic role of Lady Wishfort, a crumbling superannuated widow, gets lots of laughs

Belief in God is declining, but belief in the devil remains strong

Non-religious people seem to find it much easier to believe in Satan. Why is that?

The Christians who resisted Hitler

Paul Shrimpton says the Christian faith of those involved in the White Rose movement has been downplayed or ignored

Rome’s collapsing roads are the perfect symbol for Italy’s beleaguered politicians

The country has a history of putting unfit people in positions of power

The day that summed up a pontificate

Actions spoke louder than words on Holy Thursday

Why Trappist ale tastes better

The monks of St Joseph Abbey in Massachusetts combine jam-making and brewing with ancient monastic traditions

Please don’t ban pro-life vigils – they saved my baby’s life

Nobody supported me in my pregnancy. Then I was thrown a lifeline

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