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Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group (PA)

Islamic State is seeking to bully the world

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the victims of the celebrity photo leak (AP)

This may seem a minor matter, but it is not: it tells us a lot about our sick culture

Scotland goes to the polls this month

We are a family, and like any family have our differences

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis induction and predecessor Lord Sacks (PA)

Hatred of the Jews has never gone away, and we must do everything to resist its return

Monica and Augustine, as portrayed in the film 'Restless Heart' (CNS)

Like her son St Augustine, she overcame many difficulties to achieve sanctity

The downfall of many clerics  (PA)

Why are so many priests alcoholics?

Denying that there is a problem in the clergy has not helped us in the past

Fr Charles-Roux

Now Fr Charles-Roux is in the presence of the reality that lies within the sacramental sign

St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio

How Franciscan is Pope Francis?

What perhaps we are not seeing from this Pope is the mystical and ecstatic characteristics of St Francis

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign