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Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis has created an extraordinary opening for Catholicism in Asia

Bishops applaud as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with the bishops of Asia at the Haemi shrine in Haemi, South Korea (CNS)

Francis seems to see the continent with a Catholic population of only three per cent as the spiritual battery that will power the Church

Catholic Herald View: A just war: we must act to protect Iraq’s minorities

Iraqi children who fled their village with their family rest near their car at a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Vatican is right to support US airstrikes against the Islamic State

Catholics have no reason to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Martin Luther's 95 theses began a process that carried millions of people out of communion with the successor of Peter (Photo: CNS)

Plans for an ecumenical Luther 2017 are breaking down. That is no disaster

Catholic Herald View: We are witnessing a great betrayal of Iraqi Christians

Our Christian Adams cartoon on the plight of Christians in Mosul

When is silence from Western leaders a shrewd political strategy and when is it simply cowardice?

Catholic Herald view: Francis showed power of the personal touch in Holy Land

Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit will be his greatest test yet

Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles as they take part in a procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (CNS)

This Sunday the successors of Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI will mark the 50th anniversary of an event which may have quietly altered the trajectory of Christian history

Catholic Herald View: Five reasons to give thanks for our new papal saints

Pope John Paul II laughs while speaking with Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini on board a papal flight in 1991.  (CNS)

As we approach the canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, we remember five important aspects of the saints’ lives

In just six months Pope Francis has shaken up the world

Pope Francis (AP)

The Holy Father has prompted millions to re-examine their prejudices about the Church

Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis’s plain speaking is perfect for our age

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is challenging the defensiveness that has so harmed the Church’s mission