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China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Faithful pray at a Mass in Xiliulin, China (Photo: CNS)

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Pope Francis greets a child after his address to participants in a conference on autism (AP)

Let’s create a network to support people with autism, says Francis

Catholics must break down isolation surrounding people with autism spectrum disorder, says Pope

Pope Francis: 'No one is a stranger' in the Christian community (AP)

As a ‘mother without borders’ Church must care for migrants, says Pope

Francis says immigration benefits both migrants and the receiving country

A girl kisses a picture of Pope Francis inside Manila cathedral (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA)

Philippine Church officials say papal visit not fundraising event

Pope had requested money went to victims of last year’s disaster

The tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. It's the first time the manuscripts have ever left Italy (CNS)

UN in New York hosts ‘priceless’ St Francis of Assisi manuscripts for exhibition

Collection of manuscripts have not left Italy for 70 years

A child in Sierra Leone receives her shoebox (St Anselm’s College)

Catholic college donates hundreds of Christmas presents to Sierra Leone children

St Anselm’s College in Birkenhead have filled 800 shoeboxes with gifts

Cardinal Napier (Photo: CNS)

Pope appoints Cardinal Napier as synod organiser

The cardinal was a leading critic of the mid-term report

Faithful pray at a Mass in Xiliulin, China (Photo: CNS)

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II (CNS)

Archbishop of Kraków: Our city has been ‘defaced’ by stag parties

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz says city linked to St John Paul II is ‘defaced by debauchery and drunkeness’

Bill Murray (Photo: PA)

Bill Murray ‘misses’ the Latin Mass

The Groundhog Day star said that Catholics ‘lost something’ when the new Mass was introduced

The tetanus vaccine has been linked to what the bishops described as 'population control' (PA)

Kenyan bishops continue to say no to tetanus vaccine with hormone

Kenya’s bishops are holding firm in urging people to avoid receiving a vaccine being administered under a nationwide campaign

A child peers out of the gate of the Wangfujing Catholic church in Beijing (AP)

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Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi’s husband urges Pakistan president to grant blasphemy pardon

Ashiq Masih writes open letter after appeal is rejected

Bill Murray (PA)

Five unlikely celebrity fans of the traditional Latin Mass

Bill Murray is not the only celeb in love with the Old Mass

The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during his time as Cardinal in Buenos Aire (CNS)

Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict XVI’s missionary message

The most formative influence on Pope Francis has been the poverty of the ordinary people in his native Buenos Aires

Cardinal Francis George gives a final blessing during a rite of welcome ceremony for his successor as Archbishop of Chicago (Photo: CNS)

The Pope really needs to answer Cardinal George’s questions

Cardinal Francis George would ‘really, really like to have a heart-to-heart with Francis': so too would many of the rest of us

A priest take photos on a tablet as Francis celebrates Mass (CNS)

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Some well-behaved Polish people awaiting the Pope (PA)

Spare a thought for the Poles and their English invasion

Krakow is sick of the behaviour of British drunks


Is it really possible to go to Confession too often?

A friend suggested I was neurotic when I told her I confess every two weeks

'You are really spoiling us': a tempting cluster of Ferrero Rocher

Catholic websites have become utterly indispensable in the age of Francis

The family synod showed that the Church is still struggling to come to terms with the digital era

The new look Songs of Praise

The new ecumenical Songs of Praise is completely secularised

The show wants to make religion more accessible to a wider audience, but by doing so removes anything challenging from the faith

Emily Thornberry (Photo: PA)

Manufactured outrage over Emily Thornberry – but it confirmed people’s suspicions about Labour snobbery

On the day that Ukip won their second seat the Islington MP made a blunder

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Praising pupils can be harmful

Under new regulations, teachers in academies must encourage respect for the basis of the law: but what if, as in the gay marriage Act, that basis is false?

The inevitable result will be to open Catholic teachers up to increased scrutiny, pressures and complaints

'Neonatal tetanus is a disease, like so many diseases, of poverty'

The unkillable Catholic vaccination conspiracy

Kenyan bishops say a new vaccination campaign is a covert population control programme – they are tragically wrong