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Christianity in Syria going the same way as Iraq, patriarch warns

Syrian refugees and other migrants in Greece. Millions have fled the war-torn country (AP)

'Tsunami' of emigration threatens the future of the Church there

A Muslim man prays among pictures of slain Christians at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad in 2010 (AP)

Cause of faithful killed in Baghdad cathedral ‘to open in 2016′

Forty-eight Catholics were killed in Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in 2010

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (AP Photo/ Chris Jackson, Pool)

Pope to host Chief Rabbi at Vatican

Ephraim Mirvis will stress the importance of solidarity between the Jewish and Catholic faiths

The debate will take place on September 11 (PA)

Cardinal urges Catholics in England and Wales to speak out, ahead of assisted suicide debate

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that assisted suicide is ‘contrary to human dignity’ in a statement yesterday

Pope Francis praised the mother's courage {AP)

Pope Francis praises courage of single mother who chose life

‘Don’t be ashamed, I congratulate you’, he tells woman in emotional conversation

Bishop Jacques Gaillot, centre, speaks to migrants in 2013 (CNS)

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Syrian refugees and other migrants in Greece. Millions have fled the war-torn country (AP)

Christianity in Syria going the same way as Iraq, patriarch warns

‘Tsunami’ of emigration threatens the future of the Church there

Pope Francis leaves at the end of a prayer on the occasion of the World Day of the Creation's care in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

‘Protect every life to prepare for a better future’ says Pope on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The Pope presided at an evening of prayer yesterday in St Peter’s Basilica

Former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who died on August 27 (CNS)

Former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski died after ‘cardiac incident’

Eight minutes of silence replace homily during funeral of the former Vatican diplomat who was awaiting trial on abuse charges

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope permits all priests to absolve women who have had abortions, during Year of Mercy

SSPX priests will also be allowed to absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy, the Pope has said in a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis (PA)

Full text: Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy letter

The Pope has written to Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis speaks to Valerie Herrera, the teenager who later sang for him

Pope holds ‘virtual’ audience with Catholics in three US cities

A teenager sang for the the Pope after describing how she had been the victim of bullying

Benedict XVI (CNS)

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass with former students

Benedict XVI focused his homily on the importance of finding ‘truth, love and goodness’ in God

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For many of the SVP’s 80,000 beneficiaries, the charity is their only source of hope in desperate situations (SVP)

For thousands of people in the UK, St Vincent De Paul Society is their only source of hope

The SVP is holding an awareness campaign entitled “Happy Families?” this month

Nero, depicted by 19th century artist Henryk Siemiradzki

How Rome lost its virtue

An entertainment new history of the first five Caesars contains a serious message about how political morality dies

Raphael's The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

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Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

Francis has made it clear that the Jubilee of Mercy will be a time for confession

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

Dr Oliver Sacks, receiving his CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008

Oliver Sacks had a memorable insight into what it was to stay human ‘in the face of unimaginable adversity’

The neurologist and author maintained a deep reverence for all those he cared for

A statue of Mary stands amid homes destroyed by fire after Hurricane Sandy struck New York (CNS)

Why do statues of Our Lady survive disasters?

A house fire once destroyed all the holy objects in my bedroom – except one

Austrian police examine a truck that contained the bodies of 71 migrants (AP)

The migrant crisis could be the great moral challenge of our lifetimes

We risk making the same mistake as those who shut their doors to Jews fleeing persecution

St Vincent de Paul volunteers (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

St Vincent de Paul Society is the Church’s best kept secret

The charity is raising awareness of the work it does by sharing the stories of those they help

Jeremy Corbyn speaks with supporters outside. - NEWZULU/RITA

Evangelisation needs to be like Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign

Rather than be ‘armchair Christians’, we have to go to the people – similar to Corbyn’s leadership drive

Michel Houellebecq suggests most European Christians will become Muslims (PA)

Michel Houellebecq’s stark warning to Europe’s Catholics

The French novelist’s vision chimes, in some ways, with Benedict XVI’s analysis of individualism and consumerism

The Monastery of Mar Elian before and after its destruction by ISIS fighters

ISIS has just ripped a community’s heart out

The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a beacon of inter-faith co-operation

By 2115, the priesthood may have undergone its most radical change for centuries (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

What English Catholicism will look like in 2115

A century from now Catholics are likely to be the country’s largest Christian body. But the priesthood, the Mass and the laity may look startlingly different to today

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