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Women entering religious life in England and Wales at 25-year high

Religious orders have become clearer about their own identity, according to Fr Jamison (Photo:Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Forty-five women joined religious orders last year, according to official figures

The website of the The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference

Southern Africa bishops condemn murder of elderly nun

Church condemns ‘evil and barbaric’ murder of 86-year-old from Austria

A screen shot of the Catholic Diocese of Northampton website

Hermits appeal for help after being given three months to find a new home

Black Hermits asked to leave presbytery following controversy over leaflets condemning homosexuality

Displaced Christians in Erbil, Iraq (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

English churchgoers send clothes to 35,000 Iraqi refugees

Brighton mother of two has mobilised the efforts of 100 parishes

The Vatican may have been a target, an Italian prosecutor has said (AP)

Al-Qaeda suspects plotted to attack Vatican, police say

Eighteen suspects also planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to prosecutor

Priests bless an icon commemorating the martyrs during the ceremony at Echmiadzin cathedral (Photo: AP)

Armenian Church canonises 1.5 million victims of genocide

Armenian patriarch says canonisations will bring ‘life-giving new breath’ to the country

The final commendation during the funeral Mass of Cardinal Francis George in Chicago (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

Cardinal George remembered as ‘a brilliant mind in love with God’

Nine cardinals and more than 50 bishops attend funeral Mass of former Archbishop of Chicago

Archbishop Blase Cupich celebrates the funeral Mass of Cardinal George in Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago (AP)

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Church

ISIS militants murdered 30 Ethiopians in a video released on Sunday

Muslim man killed by ISIS ‘gave his life in solidarity with a Christian friend’

Reports say Muslim migrant was among 30 Ethiopians murdered in Libya

Fr Adolfo Nicolas with Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Jesuits overhaul leadership of the Pontifical Oriental Institute

Rector and deans appointed at graduate school for study of Eastern Christianity

ISIS militants murdered 30 Ethiopians in a video released on Sunday

Ethiopian bishops: martyrs were migrants looking for a better life

Thirty men killed by ISIS were not soldiers but young innocents hoping to better the lives of their families, say bishops

French president François Hollande meets Pope Francis in January 2014 (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)

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Religious orders have become clearer about their own identity, according to Fr Jamison (Photo:Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Women entering religious life in England and Wales at 25-year high

Forty-five women joined religious orders last year, according to official figures

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, left, and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at a ceremony earlier this week (AP)

A century after Gallipoli, the Turks are now our friends

And, as friends, we ask them to recognise the Armenian Genocide

A Nigerian woman wearing a rosary attends a prayer meeting for schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Can the rosary defeat one of the world’s deadliest terror groups?

A Nigerian bishop says Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said the rosary will vanquish Boko Haram

Cardinal George. 'The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end' (Photo: CNS)

Once the march of secularisation has passed the Church will be there to pick up the pieces

Cardinal George, who died last week, offered a deeper perspective on history to those dismayed by the signs of the times

Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines

What Catholic England would look like today

If the English Reformation had never happened our cathedrals would blaze with colour, our monasteries would house the homeless and our nation would be less gloomy

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history

A child is carried by a rescue worker as migrants arrive on a boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo (CNS)

Now we owe even more to the Italians

Esteem for Italy’s heroic and altruistic rescue of hundreds of thousands of migrants has surely grown all over Europe

Inside this week’s Catholic Herald magazine

A sneak preview of our latest issue

St George – big in England

The cult of St George has spun out of control

It’s time for the English to adopt a new patron saint

Sister Camilla Oberding of Community of Our Lady of Walsingham after making her final profession in 2010 
(Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Why women are flocking to religious orders in England and Wales

Religious congregations have found a creative new way of communicating their message

The Good Shepherd in the catacombs

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

The inspirational parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin were a shining example to their renowned daughter and still inspire Catholics today

A migrant is helped as she disembarks from a Coast Guard boat in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo (CNS)

A proper system for sharing the load is the only answer to Europe’s migration crisis

Illegal immigration needs to end and the only possible solution is legal immigration – at present we have the worst of all possible worlds

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