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Pope Francis: ‘I pray to St Thomas More every day’

Pope Francis appealed to officials to take care of their spiritual life (CNS)

In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials, Francis says he prays daily to the English martyr

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch hopeful Pope Francis will visit Iraq

Patriarch Sako dismisses fears over Pope Francis’s safety were a visit to take place

A Kurdish soldier gives the victory sign as he drives to the front line (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Kurdish forces take Mount Sinjar from ISIS

Mountain where Yazidis were stranded captured with US help

Bishop  John Keenan (Photo: Paul McSherry)

Scottish bishop condemns ‘culture of death’ after midwives ruling

Bishop Keenan was commenting on last week’s Supreme Court decision

Pope Francis appealed to officials to take care of their spiritual life (CNS)

Pope Francis: ‘I pray to St Thomas More every day’

In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials, Francis says he prays daily to the English martyr

Cardinal Walter Brandmuller celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Peter's Basilica in Rome (Photo: CNS)

Latin Mass Society asks bishops to embrace traditionalists as ‘spiritual children’

Open letter makes an appeal for an end to ‘marginalisation’ of those attached to Extraordinary Form

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for an audience with members of the Italian Olympic Committee (CNS)

Pope backs Rome 2024 Olympics bid, but says he won’t see it

Francis made the comments to members of the Italian Olympic Committee

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/14

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

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul (AP)

South Korean cardinal prays for reconciliation with North

In Christmas message cardinal remembers victims of Sewol ferry accident

The Christmas tree and Nativity scene outside St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Nativity scene and Christmas tree invite us to make room for God, says Pope

Francis says Vatican Christmas decorations carry ‘a message of light, hope and love’

San Lorenzo celebrate a goal in their win over Auckland City (PA)

Pope’s favourite football team to meet Real Madrid in world final

San Lorenzo will play in Club World Cup Final after victory over Auckland City

A choir of friars singing at a ceremony honouring St Francis (CNS)

Franciscan order embroiled in financial crisis

Brother Michael A Perry explains ‘grave situation’ in letter

Pope Francis (CNS)

Christians can’t ignore differences on life issues, says Pope

Francis spoke to leaders of the German Lutheran Church earlier this week

Alison Davis

Alison Davis and the infinite value of life

It is very sad that the Glasgow midwives ruling should be handed down in the same month as the anniversary of the death of a great pro-life champion

'Scapegoats are set apart as such to make society feel better about itself' (CNS)

Clerical child sex abuse has nothing whatever to do with celibacy

It’s just as bad in the Church of England, and worse in society at large

Dietrich von Hildebrand (CNS)

The Catholic who stood up to Hitler

‘My Battle against Hitler’ provides a splendid witness to Catholic and human values

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The US-Cuba thaw is a triumph for Vatican diplomacy

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

The Interview, which fell victim to North Korean cyberattacks (AP)

Self-censorship over The Interview – a mark of western decadence

Western liberals like to outrage and offend people who can’t harm them

When baby Mariam was born her mother laid her in a bed made from a plastic bag Below: Refugees in a camp near Erbil (Sahar Mansour)

Christian refugees in Iraq face up to a bleak Christmas

In an Iraqi Christian refugee camp old men savour memories of Christmas dinners and young mothers anxiously nurse their newborns

Sister Nabila Saleh participates in Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza (CNS)

Hold the Christians of Gaza in your hearts

Cardinal Nichols reflects on his recent visit to the tiny Catholic community in Gaza

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

Don’t let Doctor Who turn into Polly Toynbee

We don’t mind if the Daleks are Scientologists, but please don’t let the Time Lord turn into a secular bore

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

The West must find the courage to curb Putin’s aggression

An attack on Lithuania might seem unlikely given that it s part of Nato, but Russia might risk it

The Dalai Lama (PA)

The Chinese government wants to isolate the Dalai Lama – and it’s working

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

Pope Francis listening to Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, who spoke at the Vatican in February (CNS)

Clearing up misconceptions about the Neocatechumenal Way

The Way’s founder, Kiko Arguello, has written a book that is dramatic, intense, and deeply personal

Ridley Scott poses during a photocall for his film "Exodus" (PA)

Will Ridley Scott’s Biblical film Exodus repeat the success of Gladiator?

Hollywood is full of bright people with a nose for the next classic, but they do not always find it