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Sri Lankan human rights activist, Ruki Fernando (PA)

Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar “happy and relieved” after human rights workers are freed

HC21.1ST.XXX.01

Print edition 21/3/14

In this week’s edition we report on pro-life alarm concerning moves to liberalise Britain’s abortion law, tributes to the late Clarissa Dickson Wright and why a climate of fear has emerged in the Vatican. Also Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman asks if we need a new form of the Mass and Mary Kenny explains why celebrities are […]

Pope Francis blesses sick people as he leaves St Peter's Square today (CNS)

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Australia may follow England and Wales in restoring penitential practice

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo signed the human trafficking accord on behalf of the Pope (CNS)

Global Freedom Network launched at Vatican news conference

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Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican

Bishop Michael Campbell (Flickr/Mazur)

Fr Tim Finigan says Church leaders should not be using ‘personal standing to squash disagreement’ after blog controversy

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments in video message to residents in Buenos Aires’ shantytown

Bishop-elect Robert Byrne (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Fr Robert Byrne will serve as an auxiliary bishop in Birmingham

Mgr Taban (Photo: ACN)

Mgr Roko Taban says the Church in the area has ‘lost everything’