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The Mass was celebrated at St Peter's yesterday (AP)

Solemn Mass was celebrated at the Altar of the Chair of St Peter

Almost half a million Syrian Christians have been forced to flee their homes since the civil war began (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Patriarch says Pope Francis’s prayers stopped western powers bombing Damascus

Babies: things do get easier (CNS)

Forget government propaganda: having a large family is actually good for you, says Ed West

St Paulinus (October 10) was the first Bishop of York

McBride's book included revelations about smearing

‘I can only apologise for the critical and unfair associations made,’ says former spin doctor

Pope Francis issued his first excommunication since become Pope in March (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Australian priest had continued to act publicly as a priest after having priestly facilities removed

Damian McBride (PA)

Cafod backs former spin doctor over publication of controversial memoirs

St Augustine and St Gregory, from an image at Westminster Cathedral

St Gregory the Great (September 3) was known as ‘the father of Christian worship’

A church in Judeida, Idlib province. Christians in Syria face an uncertain future (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

European history offers a chilling precedent

Shahbaz Bhatti, left, back in 2007 with a Christian who had received a threatening letter from the Taliban Photo: AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

It would be ‘wonderful’ if Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities was canonised, says Britain’s most senior cleric