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Pope Francis makes silent visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis enters the gate to Auschwitz (Mazur/

Pontiff sits on a bench in silent prayer during trip to Nazi death camp

The first Solemn Mass of newly ordained Fr James Mawdsley (John Aron)

Former Burma prisoner of conscience ordained as priest

A human rights activist who spent over a year in a Burmese jail has been ordained to the priesthood

The new centre will be at the end of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James)  (AP)

Anglican Centre proposed for Santiago de Compostela

One of the world’s most popular pilgrimage sites is planning a new centre for Anglicans

Protestors stand outside the Supreme Court in London after judges ruled against the Scottish government's Named Person scheme (PA)

Christian campaigners welcome Supreme Court ruling against Scottish Named Person scheme

The Scottish government’s scheme ins to appoint a Named Person responsible for the welfare of each child

A thanksgiving Mass at a Syro-Malabar church India for the canonizations of Sts Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathingal (CNS)

Pope creates new eparchy in Preston for Syro-Malabar Catholics

The number of Syro-Malabar Catholics in England, Scotland and Wales has risen to nearly 40,000

Pope Francis enters the gate to Auschwitz (Mazur/

Pope Francis makes silent visit to Auschwitz

Pontiff sits on a bench in silent prayer during trip to Nazi death camp

A migrant rests in a bus trunk waiting to leave Serbia for Croatia  (AP)

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Pope Francis greets faithful as he drives among hundreds of thousands gathered in front of the Jasna Gora monastery  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

God has ‘accompanied’ Poland often in its history, says Pope Francis

Francis marks the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism with half a million pilgrims

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Poland (Photo: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

Full text: Pope Francis’s homily during Mass at Czestochowa

The Mass marked the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with bishops in Krakow Cathedral (Photo: AP)

Pope makes surprise visit to ill cardinal on way to shrine

Francis visited and prayed for 89-year-old Cardinal Macharski

Flowers at a makeshift memorial to Fr Hamel in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy (AP)

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Pope Francis sits next Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops conference, during a meeting with Poland's bishops at the cathedral in Krakow, Poland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis meets privately with Poland’s bishops

The Pope made ‘beautiful’ appeal to bishops to ensure the elderly were not forgotten at World Youth Day

Pope Francis with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (AP)

Pope Francis calls on Poles to show compassion to migrants

Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of World Youth Day 2016

World Youth Day pilgrims wait in the rain for Pope Francis to arrive at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day reminds us of the risks and rewards of our faith

Are young people from the West ready to fully embrace the dangers and delights of Catholicism?

Should we revise church security? (Mazur/

After Rouen, Christians cannot serve the community by shutting the door on it

The Church has always been a place for sanctuary not security guards

World Youth Day pilgrims cheer during Pope Francis' address (CNS)

WYD bureaucracy is Kafka meets Enid Blyton – but I ended up being thankful for it

Even the unbearable humidity, crammed public transport and papal mistranslations couldn’t detract from the joy of World Youth Day

St Thérèse's relics visit Preston Carmel in 2009

The new Syro-Malabar cathedral shows the north-west can still be a Catholic powerhouse

Groups like the Syro-Malabar Catholics and the Institute of Christ the King are filling previously empty churches

Pope Francis steps out from the plane as he arrives at Krakow on Wednesday (AP)

The Pope’s comments on Fr Hamel’s murder were very mysterious

Does the Holy Father believe that ISIS is really a front for something else?

Photograph: Toni Greaves

The nuns who hold up the world in prayer

A photographer has created a beautiful tribute to the ‘radical love’ of women living eremitical lives

29 July

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Benedict XVI prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a candlelight vigil at the Marian shrine of Fatima (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

No, Benedict XVI hasn’t been brainwashed

The Pope Emeritus stating there is no unpublished secret has only fuelled the Fatima rumour machine

The Last Judgment by Stefan Lochner (c 1410–1451)

How the West became embarrassed about hell

Review: Afterlife by Philip C Almond

Priests pray the Lord's Prayer as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in June (CNS)

Stoicism and Sacrifice: the call of a parish priest

Fr Jacques Hamel was one of the legions of humble and unassuming parish priests who offer their whole lives to Christ

Soldiers patrol in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris (AP)

There is a solution to the Islamist threat to Europe

And it can be found inside the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur in Paris