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Print Edition: August 29

This week Maria Elena Candilio writes on the history of popes and their pets and Damian Thompson explains why Francis is the Vatican’s real Rottweiler. Fr Timothy Finigan outlines the perils of routine Holy Communion and Catherine MacMillan describes her journey as a teenage single mum with a severely-disabled daughter. Maajid Nawaz urges us to […]

Tom Watson says his political battles have had a profound personal impact: ‘It has all done incalculable damage, to me and to the people I love’ (PA)

Crusading MP Tom Watson explains why he’s reading Pope Francis, believes in God and longs for new, kinder form of politics

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. (PA)

His replacement at the Congregation for Divine Worship is yet to be announced

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for food at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria (AP Photo)

The Kurdistan regional government has appealed to Australia for support

Palestinian civil defense officers inspect the rubble of a destroyed tower shortly after the ceasefire was announced (CNS)

Catholic agencies are assessing the level of need following the cease-fire

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Christian and Yazidi refugees living in horrific conditions, clerics find

Pope Francis arrives in his popemobile at St Peter's Square earlier today (CNS)

Division is the work of the Devil, Pope Francis said during his weekly audience

American-born Bishop Hlib Lonchyna (CNS)

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna endorses ‘heartfelt appeal’ by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Primate

Tom Watson MP (PA)

Labour MP discusses politics, faith and Pope Francis in an exclusive interview with The Herald

Liberian residents of West Point wait for food rations to be handed out  in Monrovia, Liberia (CNS)

People are unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the deadly virus