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Toy chain refuses to open on Christmas Eve, as it’s a Sunday

The Entertainer will let staff spend the day with their families

Toy chain refuses to open on Christmas Eve, as it’s a Sunday

The Entertainer will let staff spend the day with their families

Rodrigo Duterte pledges to introduce same-sex marriage in Philippines

‘Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passé?’ he said

Pope Francis: media sins by dredging up and sensationalising old news

The Pope condemned journalists ‘looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today’

US faith leaders condemn ‘harmful’ gender ideology

Children in particular are ‘harmed when they are told that they can change their sex’

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/12/17

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Vatican forbids sale of would-be saints’ body parts

The new norms explicitly rule out selling hair strands, hands and teeth, which fetch high prices in online auctions

Priests and seminarians arrested for singing Christmas carols in India

Extremists then attacked the priests who came to help them

Australia’s Royal Commission into child abuse attacks priestly celibacy

It also questioned the Seal of the Confessional

Polish Church launches English-language Twitter account amid growing international scrutiny

Secular media outlets are taking interest in the country’s increasingly conservative, Catholic direction

British Government refuses to say whether proclaiming divinity of Christ is a hate crime

Lord Pearson says the government refused to answer when he asked whether stating religious belief could be ‘hate’

Pope Francis: It’s not enough just to ‘be good’. You must go to Mass

Christians need to draw strength from the Eucharist to live out the Gospel, the Pope said

Vatican to launch revamped news site will bring together audio, text and video, and will launch in six languages


Sometimes Sacramental Confession can be more useful than counselling

According to Professor Peter Tyler’s book ‘Confession: The Healing of the Soul’, psychotherapy has its limits

The stare that shows the reality of the Incarnation

Bernardino Luini’s ‘Christ Among the Doctors’ shows that Our Lord is the Law, and has come to teach with authority

Will Ofsted start policing thoughtcrime in schools?

The new chief inspector is as sensible as anyone in Whitehall. But a crackdown on faith schools may be coming

How I came to embrace grief

If you find yourself faced with unimaginable tragedy, how should you deal with this?

Why depict the Magi as three kings? This painting gives us an answer

Before God all worldly power is as nothing

If the Vatican wants to reach out the world, it should just stick to English

The revamped Vatican news site really only needs to be in English alone

Let’s not commercialise Our Lady of Guadalupe

There’s a danger the feast will suffer the same fate as St Paddy’s Day

This year, I’ve come to appreciate just how vulnerable the baby Jesus was

The Creed’s affirmation that the Son of God ‘became man’ has hit me with full force in the past few days

It is not ‘prejudiced’ to recognise we don’t all worship the same God

Mosques and temples might all witness to a longing for the transcendent, but that is where the similarity ends

Catholic of the Year: A generous man in a mean world

Wall Street investment banker, champion of the arts and human rights campaigner devoted to the poor, John Studzinski

How influential is Poland’s Catholic Church?

Western media paints Poland as a hotbed of extreme nationalism. The truth is far more complicated

How the Eucharist helps the lonely and the desperate

Difficult circumstances seem to make the Eucharist all the more powerful