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ISIS releases 19 Assyrian Christian hostages

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag as they protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

ISIS kidnapped an estimated 220 Christians in north-eastern Syria last month

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis condemns ‘intolerable brutality’ of ISIS

Pope tells persecuted Christians that they have not been forgotten

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag as they protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

ISIS releases 19 Assyrian Christian hostages

ISIS kidnapped an estimated 220 Christians in north-eastern Syria last month

Pope Francis deliver his Angelus address (PA)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/03/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The Latvian capital Riga (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Latvia’s Catholic bishops try to ‘stay calm’ amid Russian threat

Bishops don’t want to be drawn into ‘ideological warfare’, says spokesman

Pope Francis's finance czar Cardinal George Pell (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican Secretariat for Economy rejects overspending claims

Vatican financial czar’s expenses leaked to Italian media in echo of VatiLeaks scandal

Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis offers tips on preparing for Confession

Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in Lent

Then Mgr Charles Scicluna, left, with Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

Priest who led fight against clerical abuse named Archbishop of Malta

Archbishop Charles Scicluna served for 10 years as Promoter of Justice at the CDF

Fra' Andrew Bertie with Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: CNS)

Cause opens for Englishman who led the Order of Malta

Fra’ Andrew Bertie would be first Blessed with a black belt in judo

An icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by artist Tony Rezk

Charity appeals for money for the children of 21 Coptic martyrs

Established charity will support at least 12 orphans who lost fathers at hands of Islamists

James Foley: Emwazi appeared in the video of his murder

Mother of murdered hostage James Foley says she forgives Jihadi John

Catholic mother says ‘we need to end the hatred’

Cardinal George Pell's receipts have been leaked to L'Espresso magazine (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

People view the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

During Turin Shroud display, archbishop offers absolution to women who have had abortions

The display of the shroud should be ‘a time of grace’, an Italian archbishop has said

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Mgr Charles Scicluna, the newly appointed Archbishop of Malta (CNS)

The Church in Malta has a brave and tough new leader

The appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the new Archbishop of Malta is very good news for the Maltese Islands

Ideology can poison our minds

What turned Mohamed Emwazi into Jihadi John?

As with the Nazis, propaganda turned an ordinary person into a killer

A blood-spattered poster of Jesus Christ is seen inside the the Coptic Christian Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria (CNS)

A Way of the Cross in solidarity with the persecuted Church

A meditation for the intentions of refugees and homeless families in the Middle East

Jihadi John was identified yesterday as a Londoner

Jihadi John has lived a life of privilege compared to ISIS’s victims

Why do young British men embrace Islamism? Because they are spoilt rotten

The TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's book has come to an end (PA)

Wolf Hall reminds us that beheadings solve nothing

The final episode of Wolf Hall was uncomfortable to watch

Archbishop Gänswein looks on as the Pope Emeritus meets Francis after the conclave (CNS)

The Pope Emeritus experiment is working

Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster

Many exploring Catholicism find the doors of our churches closed to them (CNS)

Unlocking the secret to evangelisation

Your parish may have an impressive liturgy, solid teaching and an inspiring outreach to the poor, but still be missing something vital

A Filipino couple walks out the door after their wedding at a Catholic church  (PA)

The key to a happy marriage? Take the d-word out of your vocabulary

“101 Tips for a Happier Marriage” by Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes contains some sage advice

President Obama said Islam was woven into America's history since its founding (PA)

President Obama should know better than to attempt to manipulate history

President Obama’s recent speech on Islam and America’s foundation was historically inaccurate

'The bishops’ 2015 letter the letter is of use to all voters – not just Catholics – in casting their votes this May' (PA)

Good sense and a few slip-ups in the bishops’ election advice

The bishops’ 2015 letter reminds the reader that there is a moral obligation on all voters to exercise their franchise

'Yvette Cooper was was instrumental in defeating Fiona Bruce's amendment' (PA)

The abortion industry has an iron grip on Parliament

The UK abortion industry’s stranglehold on MPs is now so tight that even a modest clarification of an existing law was not possible

An icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by artist Tony Rezk

Can Catholics recognise the 21 murdered Coptic Christians as martyrs?

The 21 Coptic Martyrs are role models for all Christians and a Catholic heart wants to honour them as such

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