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

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

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

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

New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez (CNS)

New Mexico’s bishops oppose governor’s plan to reinstate death penalty

Republican Gov Susana Martinez said she will push for reinstatement during the 2017 legislative session

Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

Pope Francis: ‘Encounter God’s mercy in Confession’

Francis sent a message to bishops, priests and Church workers attending Italy’s annual week of liturgical studies

Filipino residents in Manila involved with illegal drugs wait to take a pledge that they will not use or sell narcotics after surrendering to police and government officials (CNS)

Filipino bishops demand justice amid government’s violent crackdown on drug crime

More than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since the government intensified its anti-illegal drugs drive

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he talks during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police headquarters (AP)

Filipino senators investigate killings of suspected drug dealers

The Church and human rights groups have been alarmed by President Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug crime

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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Harvard University (AP)

PODCAST: The day that Satan came to Harvard


Find out what’s really happening in the Catholic Church

Harvard University (AP)

How we stopped a Black Mass at Harvard

When misguided Harvard students teamed up with Satanists to arrange a Black Mass, the Catholic community had to step up

Ordinations at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tennessee (CNS)

The true history of celibacy

The debate on married priests is damaged by myth-making. History shows that married men, if ordained, had to live continently

The Bank of England has cut interest rates (PA)

Debtors need our help

What practical measures can the Church take to help those who cannot pay their bills, and whose only recourse is to loan sharks or crime?

Porcelain figures depicting the Cultural Revolution on a stall in Beijing (AP)

Book review: The ceaseless inferno of Maoist China

How beating a class enemy became a favourite pastime in the China of Chairman Mao

Anjem Choudary is facing jail after he was convicted at the Old Bailey of drumming up support for the Islamic State terror group. (PA)

The Anjem Choudary verdict is an embarrassment for the BBC

His two decades of propagandising for murder are a great reproach to the British legal system and the broadcasters who gave him such publicity