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The last Caliph

Their idea of a caliphate is an anachronism at best

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (AP)

The punishment doled out to the Uruguay player sends completely the wrong message

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera (ROH/Bill Cooper)

The morality of the Catholic Church underscores Abbé Prevost’s book

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