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If the Catholic blogosphere is to survive then our bloggers must become more Catholic

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.

Lourdes water can heal at home

Bottles of Lourdes water line the wall at the spigots inside the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in France (CNS)

There are 69 miraculous Lourdes cures that are officially recognised by the Church, not forgetting the many anecdotal cures

Fifty years ago Italy’s most famous modern saint was being treated like a criminal

The body of St Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (AP)

In 1964, Pope Paul VI lifted the unjust and severe restrictions on Padre Pio’s ministry

Two moments awakened in Pope Francis a deep devotion to Our Lady

Pope Francis prays in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Francis says the month of May is a fitting time to start the habit of a daily rosary

Cora Sherlock: ‘Many Irish people live in a dreamland about abortion’

Cora Sherlock

Mary O’Regan meets the softly spoken but steely campaigner seeking the repeal of Ireland’s abortion law

John Paul II was the only pope who Padre Pio entrusted with the most private detail of his stigmata

The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, April 24. The body of Padre Pio, who died in 1968, will be on display until at least September. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) (April 24, 2008)

Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound

Catholic journalists and bloggers have a duty to tell the truth about Francis

Pope Francis – the secular media think they love him, but we really do

The secular media are in love with a pope of their own creation

Hillary Clinton need not be a nightmare for Catholics

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (PA)

Mother Teresa persuaded Clinton to open a home for orphaned children, and we should follow the feisty nun’s example

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s role as Fr Flynn was among his greatest performances

Hoffman, with Doubt co-stars Viola Davis, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The late actor shone a torch into the dark corners of clericism

We have the ‘Francis effect’ to thank for the reopening of Ireland’s Vatican embassy

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise