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Family asks for help to take ill son to Lourdes

Harvey Hawkins with his younger brother Jayden

Parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour are trying to raise money for pilgrimage

Bishops will be held accountable on abuse, Pope Francis tells survivors

Pope Francis preaches at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae in February (CNS)

Pontiff meets abuse survivors from Ireland, Britain and Germany

Meriam Ibrahim may face new trial

Meriam Ibrahim pictured on her wedding day

Meriam’s brother has intervened in her case in order to prevent her from leaving the country

The saint who preached until death

St John professed his vows in Pontoise, a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris

Saint John Jones of Wales (July 12) was tried for high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

Britain’s leading Catholic library closes today amid uncertain future

The Catholic National Library contains rare 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets as well as first editions of works by writers such as Evelyn Waugh and G K Chesterton (Photo: CNS)

Catholic National Library at Farnborough to close because of a shortage of volunteers

The saint who distributed small gifts

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

St Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) is buried in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra

Vatican announces world day of prayer for family synod

Francis addresses cardinals in the synod hall in February (CNS)

Officials present working document for crucial synod of bishop in October

Cardinal backs call by judge for re-think on religious liberty


Judge who ruled against Christian B&B owners has said she may have been wrong

Iraqi bishops meet to discuss ‘rescue plan’ for country’s Christians

ISIS militants standing by a captured Iraqi Army vehicle last week (PA)

Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Saad Sirop says Christians are ‘afraid of what is going to happen’

Suspect arrested after 82-year-old nun is murdered

Eastern Cape, where the murder took place, is one of the poorest regions in the country (CNS)

Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood had worked in South Africa for decades