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No parish summer celebration is complete without a coconut shy                                          (PA)

The best parish fêtes offer something to delight all five of our senses. The worst are marred by nasty niffs

A pro-Russian man holds a crucifix next to a Russian flag during a demonstration in Donetsk's Lenin Square (CNS)

Catholics are staying home amid fighting and kidnapping


Print edition: May 30, 2014

Our edition this week brings you in-depth coverage of the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land including eye witness accounts from Madeleine Teahan and Jill, Duchess of Hamilton. We also have an exclusive interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who has some reassuring words on the future of the Church. Laura Keynes writes about the courageous […]

Daily readings: June 1 – 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension of the Lord, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (Year A)

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

The One Of Us Campaign gathered 2 million signatures

EU rejects pro-life initiative

A petition demanding an end to destruction of human embryos has been vetoed

Francis embraces a child during today's audience

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his way to Rome from the Holy Land (PA)

Pope tells reporters prayers at Israeli-built separation barrier were not planned

Retired Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski who died on Sunday (CNS)

Retired General Wojciech Jaruzelski dies at the age of 90