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Prosecutor undecided on death penalty after killing of nuns

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The nuns' order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters' murders do 'not demand revenge'

Objectors to assisted suicide law (PA/Andrew Milligan)

Californian judge denies doctors’ plea to put assisted-suicide law on hold

Judge Daniel Ottolia said it would cause ‘additional pain’ for patients if the bill was put on hold

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

Pope’s top aide hopeful of improved diplomatic relations between Vatican and China

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there said there are ‘many hopes and expectations for new developments’ in diplomacy

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, pictured in Rome in 2015 . (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal strongly criticises governments that fail to prioritise clean water

Cardinal Turkson made the comments in a keynote address for World Water Week in Stockholm

Pope Francis

Pope tells bishops: ‘Don’t suffer spiritual Alzheimer’s, remember mercy’

In a video message, the Holy Father said mercy is not just a ‘theory’ but something we live by remembering our own sins

Louis Sako, 66, Patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, centre right, attending a Mass in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Baghdad patriarch urges international community to do more to stop ISIS

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to ‘confront and dismantle terrorism’

France's interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (AP/Michel Euler)

French minister: ‘We are at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims’

France’s Interior Minister is mounting a bid to unite Muslims and non-Muslims in France as tensions rise following the ‘Burkini ban’

Amatrice was one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake (AP)

Funeral for earthquake victims set for Amatrice after survivors rebel against plans

A state funeral will be held in one of the areas worst hit by the Italian earthquake after residents rebelled against the Government’s original plans

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Prosecutor undecided on death penalty after killing of nuns

The nuns’ order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters’ murders do ‘not demand revenge’

Boston Auxiliary Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O'Connell

Newly ordained Boston bishops to look out for ‘the lost sheep’

Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O’Connell were ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston

Fr Ignatius Spencer, who is related to the Royal Family, is on the path to sainthood

Relation to Princess Diana on road to becoming a saint

The Vatican has taken a key step along the road to declaring an English aristocrat related to Princes William and Harry to be a saint

Patriarch Sako: the US must 'help Iraq get out of the serious situation in which it finds itself' (AP)

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Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky (CNS)

Murdered US nuns remembered for helping the needy

A man has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill

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Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (PA/Toby Melville)

History shows us that aristocrats have plenty to teach us

The late Duke of Westminster took his responsibilities very seriously and supported many worthy charities

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke in 2015 (CNS)

What is the ‘ordinary magisterium’? A brief history of a disputed idea

History suggests Cardinal Burke is right about the authority of Amoris Laetitia

Demonstrators stage a beach party outside the French Embassy, in Knightsbridge, London, in protest at the French government's burkini ban (PA)

The burkini, unlike nuns’ habits, is a challenge to the French way of life

Are the French authorities right to try and ban it? I confess to being a bit torn on this one

Oscar Wilde (AP)

Under today’s laws, Wilde’s relationships with boys would have earned him a harsher sentence

The law in Wilde’s time was not overly concerned with the age of his sexual partners

Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

How Gabriele Kuby’s conversion led her to write about the sexual revolution

The author explains why she believes her book has helped spark resistance to the ‘gender revolution’

'Moderate' Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas. (CNS photo/Rebecca Kirstin Patton, The Texas Catholic)

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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

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