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Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate in charge of governing the Legionaries of Christ, leaves after concelebrating a Mass to open the congregation's general chapter in Rome earlier this year (CNS)

Many religious communities must rediscover their sense of unity of purpose

Mary Kenny with Catholic Herald chairman Peter Sheppard

In her new autobiography, The Catholic Herald columnist demonstrates her skill for writing about both people and ideas

Cardinal-designate Nichols and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor arrive for meeting of cardinals in synod hall at Vatican

I am delighted that Vincent Nichols will receive the red hat tomorrow

A Saudi Arabian woman at a gift shop in Riyadh (AP)

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on St Valentine’s Day might be ridiculous but it is also understandable

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, right, shares a joke with Sir Charles Darwin, grandson of  scientist Charles Darwin in 1958 (PA)

Many of the Darwin connections are people of the utmost note

A children's hospital in Belgium. The country has voted to legalise child euthanasia (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

A new dark step has been taken across the Channel

Hilary Mantel (PA)

Fashions have changed meaning literature and the Church are no longer comfortable bedfellows

Goldworthy, whose popularity has declined since his death in 1933 (CNS)

The Forsyte Saga novelist has fallen out of favour since his death

The UN human rights committee on the rights of the child delivering its report in Geneva (AP)

And the committee oversteps the mark by criticising Catholic teaching on contraception and abortion

As long as it's just water...

Yet another ruling illustrates the absurdity of our attitude to abortin