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The tomb of St Peter Julian Eymard. His body remains incorrupt

St Peter Julian Eymard (August 2) entered the novitiate of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, despite his father’s opposition

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome


This week we bring you detailed coverage of last week’s ‘assisted dying’ debate and the tributes paid to Sister Philomene Tiernan, the Australian sister who was killed in the MH17 plane disaster. Luke Coppen talks to musician Matthew Schellhorn about care, bereavement and assisted suicide, Mary Kenny explains why we are being governed by barbarians […]

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Catholic Church invited to join commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi (CNS)

Lionel Messi to play for the Pope

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

A Christian woman who fled with her children from the violence in Mosul, Iraq (CNS)

Faithful in Iraq told to ‘convert, pay or die’ by Islamic State militants

Pope Leo XIII crafted Latin riddles for Roman magazine (CNS)

Leo XIII created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” which were published anonymously in a Rome newspaper

Women and children stand near their destroyed house in a village in Central African Republic (CNS)

9,000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui

An Iraqi Christian woman fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul sits inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS) Below: Our cartoon b y Christian Adams

Islamic State group threaten to kill any Christians who did not convert to Islam or pay a tax

A Yezidi man walks along a road northwest of Baghdad (AP)

Bishop says members of monotheistic group older than Judaism are treated little better ‘than a mouse’