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These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

Facebook has removed a clip of a women being beheaded after concluding that it 'improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence' (Photo: PA)

Viewing video clips of a decapitation on social media trivialises the violence. At the same time, there are sometimes appalling images that the public should see

Pope Francis speaks to the media aboard the papal flight from Rio de Janeiro

Does Francis’s attempts to reach out to lapsed Catholics risk sapping the motivation of those who sacrifice much in the name of faith?

David Cameron with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at Number 10 (PA)

Hungary is governed according to the kind of conservatism that has vanished from British politics

Hans Küng pictured in his office in Tübingen (CNS)

Professor Hans Kung has written he is ‘considering suicide.’ If he goes through with it, it would be a final step in a life full of small steps away from the Church

'The current legal situation regarding sex- selective abortion is highly ambiguous'

Where are the feminists up in arms against the killing of unborn children just for being girls?

Mater Hospital in Dublin (Haydn West/PA Wire)

Can the Mater Hospital respect the sanctity of human life while complying with the new abortion law?

A view of the Brompton Oratory (PA)

Fr Faber was a good man who deserves credit for the pastoral aspects of his priestly life

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts

'The new law states that an abortion can be carried out in the Republic of Ireland throughout the nine months of pregnancy where the life of the mother is at risk' (Photo: PA)

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital seems to have accepted the change in the law that could pave the way for abortion on demand