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There is no reason  why a coffin cannot be driven up to a crematorium  without ceremony (PA)

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

The Church teaches that drug abuse is wrong but that doesn’t mean we should support the criminalisation of drug users

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS)

Francis will do great good in Europe’s only Muslim-majority country

Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff World Cup (CNS)

Brazil’s huge gulf between rich and poor should shake Christian consciences

Hillary Clinton: the next president of the United States?

As president, Mrs Clinton would be a fervent supporter of so-called ‘abortion rights’

The Pope with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  (PA)

Pope Francis’s initiative may not work immediately but it is an important first step

A three years female puppy, is groomed at a pet hotel in Seoul, South Korea

There are baby elephants fed on powdered milk near Nairobi while down the road human babies never see powdered milk from one year’s end to the next

A child walks past huts at a former camp for displaced persons most of whom have now returned to their villages, in Bobi, near Gulu, Uganda (PA)

Why I will be returning to Uganda

When the Ebola virus broke out in Uganda thirteen Catholics remained and gave their lives for their patients

A Lego statue of Jesus at a church at Vasteras, Sweden (AP)

Faced with the drama of sin and death, the ‘Church of Nice’ simply doesn’t cut it