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'We need to make profound changes in the way we do things' (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

A report on the state of Catholicism in England and Wales makes for worrying, if not surprising, reading

Woman hugs boy during prayer vigil at Redemption Point Church for the victims of shootings at a recruiting centre and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga, Tenn., (Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Principles of love and peace lose their force when divorced from the teaching of Christ the Lord

(Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The latest statistics show the faulty logic of the pro-abortion argument

Protesters are blocked from marching in Caracas, Venezuela (Photo: AP)

From Venezuela to Libya charismatic leaders have led their people down a blind alley

Mary Beard's new series on the Romans is mesmerising

Romanitas was the glue that kept the Empire together. The Church has something strikingly similar

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

No one country is assigned a special mission from God  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

It is unsustainable to believe that one nation has a special mission from God

A design of the mosque created in 2008 (AP Photo/KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten)

The mosque, if completed, will be bigger than its rival in Morocco – which may be part of the point

Pope Francis understands misrule from living in Argentina (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

We know that Francis is capable of plain speaking when he needs to be

A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

The longer we put off dealing with failed states, the harder it becomes