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Britain should stay in the EU, says Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (CNS)

The cardinal said Britain could make 'a vital contribution' to the renewal of the EU

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

Cardinal Müller: Amoris Laetitia is in line with previous teaching on Communion

The cardinal said that if the Pope had wanted to change the discipline, he would have given a full explanation

Pedestrians walk past the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in LA (AP)

US Catholic woman fired from job claims she was ‘pressured to watch Scientology videos at work’

Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez said she was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako speaks to the media (CNS photo/ Alaa Al-Marjani, Reuters)

Chaldean patriarch appeals to Iraqi leaders to work for reconciliation

Thousands of families, most of whom are Christian, have been displaced by ISIS offensives

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (CNS)

Britain should stay in the EU, says Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

The cardinal said Britain could make ‘a vital contribution’ to the renewal of the EU

The coffin of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, is carried into Long Tower Church in Londonderry (PA)

Nun’s death in Ecuador earthquake was a ‘loving sacrifice’, says Irish bishop

Hundreds of mourners attended Sister Clare Crockett’s funeral on Monday

Cardinal Nichols (CNS)

Individuals are more generous than governments over immigration, says Cardinal Nichols

The cardinal said political leaders need to look at what we gain from migration, as well as the problems we confront

Children look at a Macedonian solider patrolling behind a fence at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni (AP)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

Distracted Christians become ‘spiritual mummies’, says Pope

The Pope said some Christians wander away from the true path like vagabonds

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope to welcome thousands of homeless people on pilgrimage to Rome

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

England and Wales Green Party leader Natalie Bennett joins Patrick Harvie and other Scottish Greens on the campaign trail (PA)

Greens ‘don’t want Catholic schools’ in Scotland, says Church education chief ahead of election

Michael McGrath, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, said that Green party policy would bring an end to state-funded Catholic education in Scotland

Women listen to Pope Francis during Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (AP)

Pope Francis: Women must be ‘honoured and valued’ throughout the world

The Pope’s prayer intentions for May have been released via video

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Northern Irish bishops urge faithful to vote for candidates opposed to abortion

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday

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We must not neglect our prayers for women (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

I’m taking up the Pope’s challenge to pray for other women

I felt twinges of guilt when I heard Pope Francis’s May prayer intentions

'Recognise the importance of immersing oneself in a Catholic culture' (AP)

Nine wonderful reasons to be Catholic

A recent comment under one of my blogs beautifully illustrated why I chose to be Catholic

A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

The West and the UN have failed to stop the ruining of Syria

The longer we put off dealing with failed states, the harder it becomes

Orthodox pilgrims hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on April 30 (AP)

Meet the Russian priest investigating the ‘miraculous’ Holy Fire of Jerusalem

Fr Gennady Zaridze is seeking scientific proof that the fire emanates from God

A drawing of Fr John Sullivan by Sean O'Sullivan. (Image: CNS, courtesy Irish Jesuit Communications)

John Sullivan SJ: a saintly priest whose story the world needs to hear

The priest gained a reputation in his lifetime for the great efficacy of his prayers. This week he even helped me

Worth Abbey Choir, in blue, sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir at the Jubilee Mass (Worth School)

Singing at a papal Mass was a life-changing experience for these young people

A British school choir has made history by singing alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir at a papal Mass

'Labour MPs are saying things that ought to embarrass moderately sophisticated sixth formers' (Photo: PA)

Anti-Semitism is a psychosis – we can’t allow it to infect our institutions

Labour must have nothing to do with anti-Semites if it wants to be seen as a party of government

Cardinal Turkson said that it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter on Just War Theory (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Podcast: Is the Church about to abandon Just War Theory?

What’s really happening in the Catholic Church? Tune in and find out

Novelist Diana Athill after she won the Bed Next to the Door award for her memoir, Somewhere Towards The End at the prestigious Oldie Awards in 2009 (Photo: PA)

Pro-lifers can learn from Diana Athill’s inner conflict about abortion

The author weighed up the flawed reasoning of the head with the deeper wisdom of the heart

We need a just war tradition that is clear and attempts to regulate modern warfare (AP)

Why we still need just war theory

Campaigners are urging the Vatican to abandon the tradition. They don’t realise how much it has already evolved

Plus: Charles Guthrie on the perils of pacifism

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Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") (Photo: CNS)

Reading the fine print in Amoris Laetitia

Is editorial mischief at play in the Pope’s exhortation?

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