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Pope Francis says he will pray, not speak, at Auschwitz

Pope Francis meets Auschwitz concentration camp survivors during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The Pontiff told reporters: 'May the Lord give me the grace to cry'

Faith leaders have expressed their concern about the reported rise in racial hatred (© Mazur/

‘Don’t look for scapegoats’: cardinal issues plea with other religious leaders

Cardinal Nichols joins the Archbishop of Canterbuery, the Chief Rabbi and an imam in urging Britain to unite against prejudice

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd as he concludes his final public appearance from the balcony of the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on the day of his resignation (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI ‘will destroy a diary he kept during his papacy’

The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in September

Jan Graffius, curator from Stonyhurst College in England, shows Sister Lucille Botz the ring of St John Fisher (CNS photo/Jim Bovin, Catholic Spirit)

Relics of St Thomas More and St John Fisher draw crowds in Minnesota

Hundreds of Catholics crowded into the Cathedral of St Paul to venerate the relics of two English saints

An Egyptian woman prays for 21 Coptic men killed by ISIS In 2015 (AP)

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Pope Francis meets Auschwitz concentration camp survivors during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Pope Francis says he will pray, not speak, at Auschwitz

The Pontiff told reporters: ‘May the Lord give me the grace to cry’

Egyptian military police stand guard at the Almaza military airport in north Sinai (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Priest shot dead by Islamists in Egypt’s Sinai region

Officials say a priest was gunned down while walking in the city of el-Arish

Pope Francis greets nuns during the jubilee audience in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Indifference to suffering is a ‘spiritual lethargy that numbs the mind’, says Francis

The Pope said a lack of mercy ‘makes life barren’ at an audience in St Peter’s Square

Mother Rosemae Pender

Founder of religious order dies during her jubilee Mass

Mother Rosemae Pender, 94, had a heart attack while marking 75 years since she professed first vows

Family members and friends attend the funeral service for Gulsen Bahadir, 28, a flight attendant killed at the blasts at Ataturk airport (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Archbishop: in the midst of evil we need to reach out to our brothers and sisters

Church leaders in the US and Britain have offered prayers for Turkey following the Istanbul terror attack

South Sudanese rebel soldiers  at a military camp in April (AP)

Thousands seek refuge in South Sudan after town is engulfed by violence

More than 50 people were killed in a battle between government forces and a new rebel group

A general view of York Crown Court (PA)

Workers who tied Catholic colleague to a cross are cleared of religiously aggravated assault

Two of the four men were convicted of separate charges of assault and harassment

Pope Francis leaves in procession after celebrating Mass with new archbishops from around the world in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

‘Prayer is the key to bringing us closer to God,’ says Pope on Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul

Pope Francis addressed bishops at a feast day Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

Deputy Chairman of Christie's Noel Annesley unveils a rare drawing by Michelangelo. 
'Study for the Risen Christ'  (PA)

The nudity of Michelangelo’s Risen Christ makes a powerful theological point

The statue is coming to the National Gallery next year – it is a chance to correct a misperception about the Church

GK Chesterton in Brighton, 1935 (AP)

Did GK Chesterton really predict Brexit?

Since Friday, Chesterton’s prophecy of popular uprising has been quoted everywhere

Disabled pilgrims face the Basilica of the Rosary during a Mass for the sick celebrated by Benedict XVI in Lourdes in 2008 (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Brexit may put British pilgrimages to Lourdes under threat

Losing the European insurance card would mean sick pilgrims having to bear the full costs of healthcare themselves

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with David Cameron at EU headquarters this week (AP)

I’ve loved the EU all my life – but I’m delighted we are leaving it

Leave voters believe in democracy and the rule of law. European history shows they are right to reject the EU

German Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss before his trial for crimes against humanity (AP Photo)

Did the commandant of Auschwitz undergo a miraculous conversion before he died?

A pilgrim’s guide to Poland raises the sort of questions you would never see in a Lonely Planet

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Durham Cathedral: the iron 
forge of English Christianity (PA)

An accidental pilgrimage

I touched down from America hoping only for a few good dinners. But I found hints everywhere of British Catholicism’s surprising vitality

'For Catholics under the age of 45, shopping around for a parish is second nature' (Illustration: Christian Adams)

The strange future of parish life

Vatican II and the internet have brought consumer choice into churchgoing. Some see that as a danger – but with imaginative leadership, it could be an opportunity

New Custos Fr Francesco Patton, centre, takes part in a procession in Jerusalem (AP)

‘Why can’t we choose our own Patriarch?’

The Pope has appointed Franciscans to two of the most prestigious posts in the Holy Land. Neither speaks Arabic, so what’s going on?

Demonstrators rally in London on June 24, 2016, in support of immigrants after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. (Kyodo)

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Roger Scruton

A modern man in revolt against modernity

Book review: Conversations with Roger Scruton by Mark Dooley

Young anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at the gates of Downing Street in central London after the UK voted to leave the European Union. (PA)

Following Brexit, it’s time to pause and ask what sort of country we really want to be

Have you ever looked at a newsstand and all the headlines objectively and wondered what kind of a society we have become?