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Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be 'humanly impossible'

Pope Francis: 'These little brothers of ours ... are exposed to so many dangers' (AP)

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Pope Francis arrives with World Youth Day pilgrims for a prayer vigil at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

We need to hear your voices, Pope tells young Catholics ahead of synod

In a letter to young people Pope Francis said their responses will form the basis for next year’s summit

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be ‘humanly impossible’

Russia has the second highest abortion rate in the world (PA)

Region in Russia stops abortions on Feast of the Holy Innocents

Russian Orthodox diocese declared January 11 a ‘day of silence without abortions’

Kellyanne Conway (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Influential Trump adviser is to speak at March for Life

Kellyanne Conway ran Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks during the autumn general assembly of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Cardinal Dolan defends role at Donald Trump’s inauguration

The cardinal said that praying with and for people is ‘our sacred responsibility’

Coptic Pope Tawadros II, with Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (AP)

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Police guard a state building in Catemaco, Mexico, after it was set on fire following the disappearance of another priest, Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz, who was later found alive (CNS photo/Oscar Martinez, Reuters)

Missing priest is found dead in Mexico

Fr Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes ‘looked for perfection in everything he did’, his diocese said

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth (mazur/

Bishops warn of intolerance after government adviser criticises Catholic schools

Bishops Philip Egan and Mark Davies said an ‘equalities agenda’ could lead to intolerance

A priest looks in the window of the newly opened McDonald's near the Vatican (CNS)

McDonald’s near Vatican to give free meals to the poor

Volunteers to distribute a specially prepared menu including a double cheeseburger

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke at the Vatican in 2014 (CNS)

Cardinal Burke: there are ‘other cardinals who fully endorse the dubia’

Cardinal Burke confirmed that any correction of the Pope would first take place in private

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Fra' Matthew Festing, the 79th prince and grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, pool via Reuters)

Ousted Knights of Malta official takes his case to court

Albrecht von Boeselager has filed an appeal against his suspension with an internal tribunal

Nottingham's council house flies the LGBT flag for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) (PA)

Long read: What liberal intellectuals get wrong about transgenderism

Most people instinctively feel threatened by the postmodern redefinition of gender. Their instincts are correct

Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

Silence shows that priests aren’t therapists – they’re here to help save our souls

Critics have reduced Silence to a missile in the culture wars. It’s so much more than that

Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing insists that the order remains loyal to the Pope (CNS)

The knights who won’t retreat

Vatican officials have mounted an extraordinary challenge to the ancient Order of Malta. But what is the row really about?

The government needs to overhaul its policies on abortion (PA)

Abortion policy is stuck in the dark ages

If abortion confers no health benefit, why is it within the purview of the NHS?

The indescribable wonder of a baby (PA)

We can rediscover the truth about love

An understanding of life, childbearing and sexuality is written on our hearts. Peer through the darkness and it can still be found

'The crisis in social care is the sign of a much wider crisis in society' (PA)

Church is the ideal place for the elderly to stave off loneliness

Far too many old people are placed in care homes, rather than being looked after by their families

Would you display your rosary on the bus? (CNS)

A lesson from St Josemaría Escrivá in a Texas diner

Little acts of public piety make me feel self-conscious. Am I just being English?

People in Krakow, Poland, take part in the Three Kings Day Parade  (CNS)

How I learned to love the beautiful customs of Epiphany

I’m ready to embrace the small and symbolic traditions that I once thought of as archaic

Cardinal Raymond, Patron of the Order of Malta, blesses members of the Order (CNS)

Yes, the Order of Malta is Catholic. That doesn’t legitimise this Vatican inquiry

Unless the Pope formally abrogates the Order’s rights, no Vatican department can investigate the Order – and certainly not the Secretariat of State

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban at the Catholic University of America in Washington last year (CNS)

An African cardinal asks a good question: What about Communion for polygamists?

Virtually every priest who has worked in Africa knows that this is a serious pastoral issue