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Benedict XVI says he felt he had a ‘duty’ to resign because of his health

Benedict XVI assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (CNS)

In a new interview the Pope Emeritus reveals his decision was forced by his inability to travel to Rio

Benedict XVI assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (CNS)

Benedict XVI says he felt he had a ‘duty’ to resign because of his health

In a new interview the Pope Emeritus reveals his decision was forced by his inability to travel to Rio

Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses following Wednesday's earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Priest pulled from rubble says rescue was a ‘great miracle’

A priest and nun were among those who survived Wednesday’s earthquake against the odds

Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Trustees agree to protect whistleblowers at Irish national seminary

Maynooth is under scrutiny after misgivings about the life and governance of the institution

Nuns wade in the sea at Copacabana beach during World Youth Day 2013 (AP Photo/Nicolas Tanner)

‘I can only think of our nuns’: Italian bishop criticises burkini ban

Secretary-general of the bishops’ conference points out that nuns and ‘peasant grandmothers’ stay covered up at the beach too

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Sarah: reaction to my ad orientem speech was ‘not always very accurate’

The cardinal said that his comments about the liturgy at a conference in London last month were misinterpreted

A statue of Mary is seen partially submerged in flood water in Sorrento, Louisiana, August 20 (CNS)

Louisiana bishop calls for aid after ‘worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy’

Bishop Robert Muench has met ‘countless’ victims at three evacuation shelters amid Louisiana’s historic floods

Pope Francis waves to young Catholics during World Youth Day (AP)

Pope Francis thanks Church in Poland for hosting World Youth Day

The Pope says he was encouraged by Polish Catholics’ ‘strong faith’ and ‘unwavering hope’

The Obama administration has introduced a number of rules around transgender rights since 2014 (AP)

Five states file lawsuit over Obama administration’s transgender regulations

A number of Republican-led states oppose new rules around transgender rights which could go against some doctors’ religious beliefs

Egyptian Coptic Christians walk through the Coptic Cairo neighbourhood (AP)

Reports: Attacker killed after stabbing guard at Coptic church in Egypt

Egypt’s state news agency says the attack took place at the Virgin Mary church in Cairo’s western suburb of Nozha

A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for Italy earthquake victims

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Rescuers search for survivors through the rubble of collapsed buildings following an earthquake, in Amatrice (AP)

Earthquake in central Italy leaves many dead

An Amatrice parish priest described the earthquake as an ‘immense tragedy’

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley processes into the World Youth Day opening Mass in Krakow (CNS)

New Bishop of Memphis appointed by Pope

Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley of Washington will replace Bishop J Terry Steib

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Britain’s Ordinariate is in peril. Here is how to save it

Hostility from the authorities, and apathy from its own clergy, have put the Ordinariate’s future in danger. But there could be a simple solution

A detail from the magnificent nave ceiling painted by Mildred Holland (Spencer Means)

Book review: A tender, modern portrait of a marriage

This stunning first novel about the ‘Michelangelo of Suffolk’ brings the 19th century vividly to life

Bishop Farrell heads the new dicastery (CNS)

The Pope reaches out to America

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The appointment of Bishop Farrell suggests the Pope wants the Church in the US to move away from confrontation and towards dialogue

Pastor Joshua Nink prays over Donald Trump at First Christian Church, Iowa (AP)

So who’s praying for a Trump victory?

Polls suggest Trump is deeply unpopular among Catholics. So why do evangelicals find him so appealing?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'war' is bound to fail  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The effects of President Duterte’s war on drugs will be catastrophic

The Philippines government is risking the worst of all outcomes

The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk have been living in different wings of Arundel Castle in West Sussex for 5 years (AP)

As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk show, divorce isn’t always inevitable when a marriage breaks down

Perhaps the Duke and Duchess could share their experience of how they refounded their marriage with struggling couples

Women can discover a religious vocation in their fifties (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

The Church must stop turning its back on older people who have religious vocations

Most religious communities and congregations will only accept candidates for the religious life into their thirties

Brendan Carroll as Mrs Brown (BBC)

I was snobbish about Mrs Brown’s Boys, until I watched it

The corny but hilarious Irish sitcom depicts the Church as a natural part of everyday life

Pope Francis, accompanied by young people at World Youth Day in July, where Docat was introduced (AP)

Books blog: The perfect guide to Church teaching for young Catholics

Docat is an entertaining but uncompromising adaption of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for young readers

Children hold signs supporting their families' lifestyle at a polygamy rally (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

The best argument against polygamy is one that our politicians won’t use

A Muslim man in Italy has called for legalised polygamy following same-sex marriage. There are plenty of reasons to resist

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