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Names of signatories to Amoris Laetitia letter revealed

Copies of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (CNS)

The letter asks the cardinals to request a clarification from the Pope that some interpretations of Amoris Laetitia are heretical

Cardinal Raymond Burke (PA)

My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Burke in new book

The cardinal said the devil tries to sow doubt in Catholics’ minds about defending human life publicly

Young people at a concert in Warsaw ahead of the start of WYD 2016 (AP)

Poles arrest man for possession of explosives days before World Youth Day

A spokesman for prosecutors in Lodz said that ‘small amounts of explosives, not sufficient to make an explosion’ were found on the man

Pope Francis blesses a child  during the previous World Youth Day in Rio (AP)

World Youth Day 2016: full schedule

World Youth Day 2016 is taking place in Krakow this week and the Pope is taking part in a number of events

Copies of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (CNS)

Names of signatories to Amoris Laetitia letter revealed

The letter asks the cardinals to request a clarification from the Pope that some interpretations of Amoris Laetitia are heretical

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro giving Pope Francis a gift in 2013 (AP)

Venezuela’s government accepts proposal for Vatican mediation in crisis

Opposition leader Ernesto Samper will ask Pope Francis to send a representative to the country

Young people at a concert organised for World Youth Day pilgrims in Warsaw (AP)

World Youth Day pilgrims told to expect lengthy security checks at papal events

World Youth Day celebrations begin in Poland on Wednesday

A woman adjusts a candle among floral tributes near Munich's Olympia shopping centre where a shooting left nine people dead  (AP)

Pope condemns ‘acts of terrorism and violence’ in Munich and Kabul

Francis asked the faithful in St Peter’s Square to pray that ‘the Lord might inspire in everyone intentions of goodness and fraternity’

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus (AP)

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The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for the world

Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new document

Cardinal Burke (AP)

Cardinal Burke: it’s reasonable to be afraid of Islam’s desire to govern the world

The cardinal said the best response was to fortify the Christian foundation of our societies

Emergency services workers are seen in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters)

Don’t turn against refugees, German Church urges after axe attack

Spokesman for Würzburg diocese says the attack should not be used ‘as a general indictment against refugees’

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (AP)

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Police stand in front of the Munich McDonalds where nine people were killed (AP)

The warped fury of would-be Islamists must be confronted, not pandered to

Young Muslim men are particularly vulnerable to being exploited by terrorists, therefore a proper preventative strategy has to be aimed at them

A journalist browses though Amoris Laetitia at the press conference for its release (PA)

The theologians’ letter has clarified what is really at stake in the Amoris debate

The letter shows the real division is not pro- and anti-Francis, or rigorism versus mercy, but over Church teaching

Vehicles queuing at the Port of Dover in Kent (PA)

Stuck in the Dover traffic on the way to WYD 2016

The Dominican Youth Movement had a delayed start to the World Youth Day pilgrimage, but should still make it to Krakow ahead of Pope Francis

Young people from Portugal at a concert in Warsaw for WYD 2016 pilgrims (AP)

Heading to World Youth Day for a celebration of love and unity

After hearing the testimonies of friends who went to Rio in 2013, I was adamant that I would make the somewhat shorter journey to Krakow

The Boat Chapel at Duc In Altum, Magdala, illuminated at night

Why pilgrims are flocking to St Mary Magdalene’s hometown

In Magdala, pilgrims gain a unique insight into the saint’s life

'Mr Erdogan is frequently described as paranoid, but given the history of Turkey, this is not altogether surprising' (Kayhan Ozer/Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

An attempted coup is no surprise in Turkey. Just look at the country’s history

Turkey represents the other: it shows what a Europe without Christianity might have looked like

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the sanctuary in Portugal (AP)

Like the Fatima visionaries, we should meditate on hell

Reflecting on the horrors of hell can help us to avoid ending up there

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

The martyrs of Communism are the modern equivalents of St Perpetua

The author of a new study of Communist persecution tells me why these stories must be kept alive

"'I meet so many young people like you,' the priest told me, 'and it makes me terrified for the future of our Church'" (Illustration: Christian Adams)

Liberal Catholicism’s unexpected crisis

You might think that progressives would be rejoicing under the current pontificate. Instead, they are fretting about the future

A banner unfurled on St Peter's Basilica during the canonisation of Pope St John Paul II (CNS)

Francis has an excellent chance to heal his rift with followers of St John Paul II

The rift, which began with the joint canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII, is rarely spoken about in public

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Film: An appetite for hard drugs and soft jazz

Born to Be Blue stays true to its subject – a musician who conjured great beauty no matter how lost he was

The empty 15th-century tomb of King Athelstan at Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire

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