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Pope Francis sends apostolic blessing to TV presenter on his wedding day

Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Newcastle [PA]

Declan Donnelly was presented with a framed certificate from Pope Francis on Saturday

20 Catholic children are due to start the school in September

Petition opposes archdiocese’s plans to shut Catholic school

The Merseyside school will close next summer due to a £470,000 funding crisis

Pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe toward the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City [PA]

Pilgrims killed in New Mexico by out-of-control truck

Around 200-300 people were walking towards a church when the accident happened in the state of Zacatecas

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens on December 8 [CNS]

Key dates for the Year of Mercy unveiled

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will include a number of individual jubilee days for specific groups of people

Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Newcastle [PA]

Pope Francis sends apostolic blessing to TV presenter on his wedding day

Declan Donnelly was presented with a framed certificate from Pope Francis on Saturday

While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other local churches to warn them of the two explosions that occurred [PA]

Two New Mexico Churches damaged following Sunday morning explosions

Fortunately nobody was injured in the attack but it is thought that repairs to the buildings will need to take place soon

Men carry small statue of St. Alphonsa through streets of Floral Park [CNS]

Hundreds walk through streets to celebrate devotion to St Alphonsa

After the Mass and procession, attendees were able to venerate first-class relics of the saint and sample Indian fare

Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission in Lilburn

El Salvadorian pregnant woman fled to Catholic mission

Ms Jurado said she left El Salvador because a gang extorted money from her there

Pro-life supporters gather outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis July 21. They held the demonstration after the release of two videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the method and price of providing fetal tissue obtained from abortions for medical research. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Undercover videos have increased society’s understanding of abortion, campaigners say

Videos show a trivialisation of human life, says bioethics professor

The house in St Louis where an exorcism took place many years ago (Photo: CNS)

US cable channel seeks to broadcast ‘live exorcism’ – but needs to hire a priest first

Exorcism: Live! is scheduled to air the night before Halloween

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (Photo: CNS). Below, Donald Trump (PA)

Cardinal Dolan clashes with Donald Trump over migrants

The cardinal attacks Trump view of migrants as a ‘brood [of] misfits and criminals’ in New York Daily News op-ed

Bishop Davies (Photo: Diocese of Shrewsbury)

Bishop says assisted suicide Bill would be a ‘law of despair’

Bishop Davies urges pilgrims at Lourdes to lobby their MPs before the Bill is debated in September

Jamestown Discovery

Mystery reliquary found under America’s first Protestant church

Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy

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The Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Thursday, May 29, 2014, where Pastor James McConnell made comments about Muslims on Sunday (PA)

Why are the secular courts interfering with theological statements?

Pastor James McConnell is entitled to say politically incorrect things from the pulpit

'Few of us have the single-minded determination of a St Thérèse' (Photo: CNS)

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Pope Francis prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo: CNS)

Tomorrow I am starting the First Five Saturdays devotion – here is how I am preparing for it

The devotion was explained by Our Lady to Sister Lucia 90 years ago this December

St Pope John Paul II used the term 'new evangelisation' in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (Photo: PA)

Books blog: how to become an evangeliser

Fr Jonathan Cotton offers six steps that can prepare Catholics to share their faith

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Oklahoma (Photo: PA)

Pro-lifers have not yet won the argument over the sale of babies’ organs

We need to be ready for the abortion industry spin: that to deny the use of unborn babies for research is morally wrong

Jamestown, Virginia: crosses mark the burial places of four of the earliest settler leaders, including Captain Gabriel Archer (Photo: AP)

Could a relic of the Blessed Virgin be buried in America’s first settlement?

A reliquary found in Jamestown, Virginia, gives a Catholic foundation to a country so often thought of as Protestant

Pope Benedict has quietly spoken (PA)

Holy Communion for divorcees is again on the agenda: as the Synod approaches, the Pope Emeritus has quietly spoken again

The ‘silent’ Pope Benedict has ways of being heard; and he is still being listened to

What's Inside this week's Catholic Herald?

What’s inside this week’s Catholic Herald?

A sneak preview of this week’s magazine

In the past Catholics didn’t think 
of marriage as a ‘vocation’ [CNS]

A great Catholic marriage revolution

Most people haven’t realised that the way Catholics speak about married life has changed dramatically. But after this October’s family synod they certainly will

David Cameron helps with a reading lesson at a Catholic school in near Bolton [PA]

The plot to eradicate faith schools

Why should a child be unable to attend their local school which happens to be Catholic, but be obliged to travel afar for education?

Fr Robert Barron: the first Catholic priest who has truly mastered new media [CNS]

The rise and fall of the Catholic blogosphere

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

China’s hideous persecution of Christians can’t continue to go unchecked

China’s anti-Christian campaign must be kept in the public eye and we must implore our politicians to do more

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