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Iraqi Christians celebrate after military take back ISIS territory

An Iraqi military helicopter flies over the frontline near Bartella, Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. I (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

On Tuesday coalition forces began their offensive to recapture Mosul and its surrounding villages

The House of Lords (PA)

Bill to end disability-selective late abortion passes second reading

A Bill to prevent late term abortions of disabled babies has moved to the next legislative stage

A nun confronts Bolivarian National Police officers as they block demonstrators during an opposition protest in Caracas last month (AP)

As Venezuela’s referendum is suspended, new cardinal calls for dialogue

Venezuela’s new cardinal says the country’s politicians ‘can’t throw in the towel’

A village woman shows a picture of Guo Jincai after his ordination as bishop by the Chinese state church in 2010. According to reports, the bishop will soon be recognised by the Vatican (AP)

Vatican ‘will recognise’ four state-appointed Chinese bishops

A breakthrough may be near in the long-running dispute between the Vatican and China

Claridges hotel in London, one of 10 hotels and restaurants involved in the scheme with local churches

Jesuits team up with ‘London’s poshest hotel’ to feed the homeless

Claridges is one of 10 local hotels and restaurants working with churches to feed the homeless

A security guard walks through an emergency shelter for refugees near Dresden (PA)

Report claims Christians are intimidated and attacked in German refugee homes

Germany’s home secretary has admitted the government ‘underestimated the role of religion’

Donald Trump delivers his speech at the 71st Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York (Jeffrey Bruno/AP)

Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

The Republican nominee called his opponent ‘corrupt’ and said that she hated Catholics

An Iraqi military helicopter flies over the frontline near Bartella, Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. I (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Iraqi Christians celebrate after military take back ISIS territory

On Tuesday coalition forces began their offensive to recapture Mosul and its surrounding villages

An episcopal ordination in Xuzhou, China (AP)

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

Pope Francis speaks with Andrea Tornielli last year (CNS)

Pope’s ‘favourite journalist’ alleges opposition to Francis is linked to Vladimir Putin

The article in La Stampa is headlined ‘Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin’

The Bill seeks to end discrimination against disabled unborn babies (PA)

Lords to debate Bill on ending abortion disability discrimination

Lord Shinkwin’s Bill will have its Second Reading on Friday in the House of Lords

Hillary Clinton answers a questions during the third presidential debate in Las Vegas last night (AP)

Clinton reiterates support for late-term abortion in final presidential debate

Hilary Clinton said the Government had no right to interfere with women’s personal decisions

Dr James Whitehead said pornography had no place in the classroom (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Pornography lessons? Not at my school, says Catholic headmaster

Dr James Whitehead has responded to calls for pornography to be taught in schools

Families demonstrate at Westminster against plans for a new screening technique which could lead to more abortions of the disabled (AP)

Britain will never be an equal society as long as we allow disability-selective abortion

This form of abortion isn’t a ‘right’ – it’s straightforward discrimination

A three-year-old enjoys a Happy Meal at a McDonald's in San Francisco (AP)

Sorry, your Eminences, but Vatican tourists need a cheap option like McDonald’s

I understand the cardinals’ anxieties – but Rome needs an alternative to the overpriced cafés


Inside the Democrats’ Trojan Horse

Leaked emails show that Clinton’s right-hand man helped create Catholic front groups to inspire ‘revolution’. The fall-out is only just beginning

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Italian exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth, who died last month, in his office in Rome in 2012 (PA)

Writing about the Devil isn’t lunacy – it’s the purest realism

In its understated way, Fr Amorth’s final book reminds us that Satanism is no joke

Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has clashed with the ‘tyrannical’ regime in Venezuela (CNS)

The Church tilts south

With both the Pope and the Jesuit superior general now hailing from Latin America, the centre of Catholic gravity has truly shifted

Some ‘remarkably cool’ Sisters taught in Catholic schools in the 1960s (AP)

What I owe my ‘crazy’ nuns

Our nuns taught us that strong, well-organised women can run things without being bossed about by men

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow takes part in a reconsecration service at the Russian Orthodox Church in London, (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Why did we roll out the red carpet for the Patriarch of Moscow?

The Patriarch is acting as a roving Russian ambassador abroad

The late Graham Greene (centre, pictured in 1984, London) is a favourite writer of Sally Read's (PA Archive)

A poet’s journey from atheism to Catholicism

Sally Read explains why she thinks the Mass is a beautiful poem

A Bangladeshi policeman stands guard at the spot where three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked student activist Nazimuddin Samad to death in April (AP)

What the Catholic Church can teach Islam about responding to atheists

Unlike the lynch mobs of Bangladesh, the Church has nothing to fear from modern secularism

Clerics and faithful from Eastern Orthodox churches take part in the annual Holy Fire ceremony outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on April 30, 2016. The Holy Fire celebrates Jesus' resurrection. (NEWZULU/abderhman younis)

St Ignatius of Antioch explodes a myth about early Christian history

The saint’s letters prove the first Christians saw Jesus as more than just a prophet and teacher

The joining of parishes leaves the future of the daily Mass in question (AP)

Why it would be a tragedy to lose the daily Mass

The faithful who attend the daily Mass service are often the backbone of the congregation