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Madeleine Teahan

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald and chairs the Catholic Herald Podcast Debates. Her special interests include euthanasia and assisted suicide. She is on Twitter as @MadeleineTeahan

Bishop defends priest criticised for blog post on the poor

Fr Blake wrote that 'the poor challenge our complacency' (PA)

Bishop Conry says Fr Ray Blake’s comments ‘make sense’

Number of Confessions in England and Wales is on the rise, says report

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young woman during World Youth Day (CNS)

Almost two thirds of cathedrals say they have seen a rise in Confessions

The Girl Guides’ new oath – sincere secularism or juvenile ageism?

Girl Guides parade down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh (PA)

A dismissive attitude to older generations will not help the Guides movement prosper

American Dominican Sisters move to Scotland

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, poses with the smiling Nashville Dominicans outside their motherhouse in Tennessee (CNS)

Thriving order based in Nashville, Tennessee, is to establish a community at a medieval convent in Elgin

Seminarians must not be ‘St John Boscos by day but John Travoltas by night,’ says vocations director

John Travolta (CNS)

Fr Stephen Langridge has invited eight men who are considering the seminary to join a missionary team in preparation

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I think Mass can be too noisy and guitars should be banned’

Jacob Rees-Mogg believes Pope Francis is a 'great thing'

The MP on folk Masses, Tony Blair and why he wants Left-wing Catholics to join the Tories

The strange case of the Polish cleric who vanished

Fr Henryk Borynski was renowned for voicing his strong opposition to Communism from the pulpit

A brave priest’s disappearance still haunts Britain’s Poles

Catholic MP attacks Coalition move on refugees

Sarah Teather MP (Photo: PA)

Sarah Teather accuses Government of splitting up families with visa policy

Christians are often portrayed as bigoted or old-fashioned, says new Bishop of East Anglia

Bishop Alan Hopes delivers his sermon  the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist Photo: © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Bishop Alan Hopes has asked Catholics not to lose hope in the face of hostility to Christian values

Podcast: Is the BBC a friend or foe of Catholics?

The BBC is a powerful force in Britain and around the world (PA)

Jack Valero and Ed West clash over whether Catholics can trust Britain’s most powerful media entity