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

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)

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

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

Walking sticks are offered for sale to pilgrims near Vega la Valcarce, northern Spain (AP)

Two British pilgrims rescued after getting lost on the Camino de Santiago

The pair spent five days in the open and drank from ditches and animal troughs when their food and water ran out

Prime Minister Theresa May (PA)

British Government urged to reinstate full-time minister for faith

Catholic peer Lord Alton says he is ‘sceptical’ that the role has been downgraded

Benedict XVI pictured in 2010

Benedict XVI’s autobiography to be translated by English theologian

The new autobiographical work will be translated by St Mary’s University theologian Jacob Phillips

US Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky greets fans at Dulles International Airport  (CNS)

Catholic swimmer returns to hero’s welcome in US after triumphing at Rio Olympics

Katie Ledecky, who prays before races, won four gold medals and one silver at the Games

A protester opposed to abortion demonstrates outside a Marie Stopes clinic (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Pro-life campaigners welcome suspension of Marie Stopes services

Inspections at abortion clinics in England have prompted serious concerns about patient welfare

People carry a victim's coffin as they attend funeral services for victims of the suicide bombing in Gaziantep (AP)

Pope offers prayers for victims of Turkey suicide bombing

A suicide bomber killed 51 people at a Kurdish wedding party on Saturday

Fr Laurence Soper (EPA/Metropolitan Police)

Fugitive former abbot appears in court over abuse allegations

Fr Laurence Soper was arrested on Sunday after returning to the UK from Kosovo

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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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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

Kadiza Sultana who travelled to Syria via Turkey (PA)

What we must try to find out following the death of this ISIS bride

Why are young girls like Kadiza Sultana attracted to the ISIS phenomenon?

The hand of lead researcher Professor Peter Stoneley from the University of Reading, rests on a record of visits of the justices to Reading Prison opened to the page of July 10th 1896, where an inquiry was held about the health of poet Oscar Wilde. (PA)

The latest biography of Oscar Wilde fails to understand his spiritual journey

Wilde knew all too well the spiritual shame that can follow moral transgression

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