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Pope Francis says Benedict XVI’s teaching is a ‘precious heritage’

Pope Benedict's 'prayer and his discreet and encouraging presence accompany us on our common journey,' Pope Francis said

Vatican Museums to organise joint art shows with China

The exhibitions will be an act of ‘cultural diplomacy’, the Museums director said

Persecuted Christians in Iraq to join in Red Wednesday

A church in northern Iraq will light up in red, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said

Pope Francis says Benedict XVI’s teaching is a ‘precious heritage’

Pope Benedict’s ‘prayer and his discreet and encouraging presence accompany us on our common journey,’ Pope Francis said

Pope names Brazilian cardinal as relator general of Youth Synod

Cardinal Sergio da Rocha will take one of the most important roles in organising the synod

Internet was ‘never meant for children’, says bishop

It is for the Church to ‘defend the dignity of children in the digital age,’ Bishop Sherrington said

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Scottish bishops ask government for ‘dialogue’ on abortion

They made the appeal for talks just after ministers announced plans to allow women to take abortion pills at home

Caring for the poor is our ‘passport to paradise’, says Pope Francis

The Pope marked the first World Day of the Poor with a Mass attended by 6,000 poor and homeless people

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Friar who served ‘the poor, the sick, the marginated and the hopeless’ is beatified

Some 66,000 people fill stadium for beatification of Blessed Solanus Casey

French Catholics to use revised version of Lord’s Prayer

The new version, which replaces a translation in use since 1966, will be used from the First Sunday in Advent

‘All of us are God’s children,’ Pope tell people of Burma

Francis will visit the Buddhist-majority country later this month

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A Christmas book that’s just far too cynical

Judith Flanders presents some fascinating cultural insights, but is too keen to play down the spirituality of the season

‘Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty’: a biblical jolt to our superficial age

From fashion to pornography, we are forgetting that we are bodies with souls

Why you should keep holy water in your home

Holy water can incite piety, put to flight the Devil and even bring about bodily health.

Why is the Vatican still negotiating with China’s sinister Orwellian state?

Xi Jinping, in having crosses replaced with portraits of himself, is possibly more egotistical than the Sun King ever was

The saint who founded a movement in response to Freemasonry

St Maximilian Kolbe formed the Knights of the Immaculate after seeing masonic celebrations in Rome

Adoration may seem useless – but the world needs it desperately

In adoring the Blessed Sacrament, our hearts are enlarged and our minds receive the truth

The unlikely champions of married priests

It might baffle Catholics elsewhere, but in England many supporters of clerical marriage are conservative

Another profession closed to Christians?

Felix Ngole was thrown off his social work course because of his beliefs on marriage. The message for Christians is stark

We’ve nothing to fear from Freud

The father of psychoanalysis can help Christians in their search for the true face of God

Why Zimbabwe’s army acted now to oust Mugabe

The country was faced with the prospect of Robert Mugabe being succeeded by his wife

We are not over the First World War

The First World War had no clear reason, and that is why we are so traumatised by it

How Communism corrupted the Russian soul

100 years on, the Russian Orthodox Church still hasn’t overcome brutal state atheism

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