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Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass facing east

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in Haiti in 2010 (CNS)

Cardinal Robert Sarah made the comments in an exclusive interview with Famille Chrétienne

Then Archbishop Loris Capovilla during an interview at his residence in Bergamo, Italy, in February 2012 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Italian cardinal who was John XXIII’s private secretary dies aged 100

Cardinal Capovilla ‘kept alive the legacy of Pope John’

Archbishop Victor Fernandez with Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica, at last year's synod (CNS)

Key passages in Amoris Laetitia recycle article by Argentine ‘ghostwriter’, claims blogger

Controversial passages of the exhortation follow previous writings by Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in Haiti in 2010 (CNS)

Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass facing east

Cardinal Robert Sarah made the comments in an exclusive interview with Famille Chrétienne

Coptic Pope Tawadros II at St Mark's Cathedral, in Cairo, Egyp (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Muslim mob attacks Christian homes in Egypt

Church says homes were ransacked and torched after rumours of an affair between a Muslim and a Christian

Cardinal Müller with the Pope: 'Key statements, even if they are not proclaimed ex cathedra are, for us Catholics, still essential' (AP)

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Pope Francis  in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope prays for God ‘to convert the hearts’ of ISIS terrorists

At the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope referred to a string of attacks to hit ‘beloved Syria’

Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Nichols to join Justin Welby for Facebook livechat

The two leaders have previously spoken of their ‘implicit trust in each other’

Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Terezia Rackova (

Missionary sister to be buried in South Sudan, where she served

Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Theresia Rackova died after being shot while driving an ambulance

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, poses  outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell)

Burmese cardinal thanks Western Christians for support during oppression

Cardinal Bo said the Catholic Church was ‘at the forefront’ of supporting the people of Burma

Displaced Sri Lankan flood victims eat their meals at a shelter in Colombo (CNS)

Catholic leaders condemn ‘moral failure’ of world’s humanitarian system

The criticism was made at the the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey

Chinese Catholics carry a statue of Our Lady of Sheshan in procession in May 2009 (CNS/UCAN)

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Francesca Chaouqui pictured at the Vatican earlier this year (AP)

Vatican consultant ‘admitted leaking documents to author’, trial hears

According to a police officer, Francesca Chaouqui told investigators she sent Vatican papers to Gianluigi Nuzzi

Ahmed el-Tayeb exchanges gifts with Pope Francis (AP)

Why the grand imam of al-Azhar should be standing up for Egypt’s Christians

Anti-Christian prejudice among Muslims is a very bad advertisement for their faith

Fr Al-Bazi: ‘They said we have all night to take out your teeth, and you have plenty’ (CNS)

The priest who forgave his Islamist torturers

Fr Douglas Al-Bazi’s torturers asked him why he wasn’t afraid of death. He told them: ‘For me, death is the beginning. But for you it is the end’

St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate (Ludmila Griffin)

How a forgotten church with a leaky roof became one of Britain’s most thriving shrines

A few years ago St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, had just one Mass a week. Today the restored shrine welcomes 10,000 visitors a year

Bernie Sanders arrives on a hotel terrace near the Vatican (PA)

Has the Vatican cast aside St John Paul II’s economic wisdom?

A celebration of the encyclical Centesimus Annus turned the worker into a subject of state policy rather than an economic agent

EU and UK flags fly above the European Commission offices in Westminster (PA)

Vote Leave – it’s what St Augustine would have wanted

St Augustine warned 1,500 years ago that false supranational unity is a structure of sin. The EU has proved him right

'We need to make profound changes in the way we do things' (Mazur/

Urgent action is needed to improve evangelisation in England and Wales

A report on the state of Catholicism in England and Wales makes for worrying, if not surprising, reading

GK Chesterton sits on a bench in Brighton in 1935 (AP Photo)

Books blog: A common sense introduction to Chesterton

Chesterton ‘addresses the narrowness and slipperiness of modern thinking’, says the author of a new guide to his work

Woman hugs boy during prayer vigil at Redemption Point Church for the victims of shootings at a recruiting centre and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga, Tenn., (Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

This is the Age of Anxiety but it needs to become the Age of Faith

Principles of love and peace lose their force when divorced from the teaching of Christ the Lord

A pregnancy test and instructions (PA)

What should pro-lifers say to a woman pregnant through adultery? Try ‘Congratulations’

Babies conceived through illicit affairs are innocent. We should pray to St Rita for them

Boris Johnson MP speaks in favour of Vote Leave (PA)

Why St Augustine wouldn’t vote Leave

Brexiteers idolise the state. Catholic tradition has a far richer idea of the common good

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Why older women are having more abortions: it’s just another form of contraception

The latest statistics show the faulty logic of the pro-abortion argument