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Huge crowds flock to Romero beatification

A large canvas depicting Archbishop Oscar Romero hangs on the facade of the National Theater in San Salvador (Photo: CNS)

The Mass will be attended by several heads of state, including the presidents of Ecuador and Panama

A large canvas depicting Archbishop Oscar Romero hangs on the facade of the National Theater in San Salvador (Photo: CNS)

Huge crowds flock to Romero beatification

The Mass will be attended by several heads of state, including the presidents of Ecuador and Panama

An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus at a Mass for Christians abducted by ISIS (Photo: CNS)

Superior of Mar Elian monastery in Syria ‘kidnapped by ISIS’

La Croix says kidnapping follows series of atrocities in newly captured town

Staff at the School of the Annunciation will help teach a distance-learning course at the Franciscan University of Steubenville

Evangelisation school in Devon to work with American university

School of the Annunciation signs agreement with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio

Bishop Philip Egan at the Mass. Below, pilgrims venerate the relics in Portsmouth cathedral (Photos: Mazur/

Bishop: what makes Britain great is its Christian patrimony

Bishop Egan makes remark at Mass welcoming the relics of Blesseds Louis and Zélie Martin

Fr Michael Perry will serve a six-year term as head of the Franciscans (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, now under Islamic State control (Photo: CNS)

Church bells ring again after Christian villages are recaptured from Islamic State

Islamic State militants have been pushed back from villages dotting the Khabur River

Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS)

Monks bring Trappist art of beer-making to the United States

Two members spent six months learning the art in Belgium

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Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Pell: I did not try to bribe child abuse victim

The cardinal strongly denies allegations heard by the Royal Commission in Australia

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke about the 'new climate economy' at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (CNS)

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Bishop Sherrington said society needed to accept the reality of death (© Mazur/

Bishop expresses shock at the state of end of life care in UK

Bishop John Sherrington said that society needed to face the reality of death

Pope Francis spoke about families today (PA)

Pope tells separated couples not to take their children ‘hostage’

Pope Francis discussed the role of parents in educating children at today’s General Audience

Pope Francis greets a parent and child last year (Photo:CNS)

There is nothing woolly about Pope Francis’s advice to parents

His support for firm punishment flies in the face of modern child-centred tenets

Salvadorans rally to pay tribute to the late archbishop in March (Photo: CNS)

Why did Romero have enemies at the Vatican?

Author Fr Ashley Beck says bishops who opposed his Cause felt betrayed by his shift against the ruling class

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (PA)

Facebook is Catholic and Twitter is Protestant

Umberto Eco famously declared that Macs are Catholic and PCs are Protestant. That analogy can also be applied to the two social media giants shaping the 21st century

Archbishop Oscar Romero pictured in August 1977 (AP)

The final 24 hours of a martyr

Archbishop Oscar Romero knew that his uncompromising defence of the poor would have only one outcome

Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy (PA)

Scotland’s Catholic pariah

Jim Murphy has paid a heavy price for standing up to nationalism

Daniel McArthur of Ashers Bakers faces the media (PA)

‘Gay cake’ case: the libertarian argument for same-sex marriage has paved the way for intolerance

Redefining marriage has had unintended consequences

Sigmund Freud

Books blog: Why atheists put their faith in Freud

The way many atheists and agnostics believe in the theories of men like Freud shows people still long for religious faith in this age of reason

Jean Vanier speaks at the Templeton Prize ceremony in London

The disabled are not a punishment of God but rather a path towards God

The full text of Jean Vanier’s address as he collected the 2015 Templeton Prize

Camel riders pass stone pillars, a relic of the Roman Empire, in the desert city of Palmyra, central Syria (PA)

ISIS’s ideological idiocy threatens the ancient majesty of Palmyra

The grave threat to Palmyra should cause a collective shudder in all who love our heritage

Pope Francis meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (CNS)

The Pope’s message to Mahmoud Abbas got lost in translation

Francis urged the Palestinian president to be ‘an angel of peace’ – he didn’t tell him he was one

avid Cameron meets patient Ursula Chambers during a visit to Royal Derby Hospital (PA)

David Cameron is right, we need a ‘seven-day’ NHS

It makes perfect sense for those who care for the sick to work seven days a week

The relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth (Mazur/

Blessed Zélie Martin is an extraordinary role model for young Catholic women

Blessed Zélie is an inspirational figure who raised five children, became a master of her trade and never allowed commerce to harden her heart