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Gerbils owe their familiarity in the West to Père David

As a missionary in China, he was also the first westerner to set eyes on a giant panda

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Francis writes message to people joining in the Brazilian Catholic Church’s celebration of Family Week

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St Peter's Square as he arrives to lead the Angelus (CNS)

Pope makes plea for unity during Angelus address

Cardinal O'Malley praised the influence of Pope Francis (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

We oppose abortion because we love people, he tells Knights of Columbus gathering

Cardinal Prosper Grech (CNS)

Full text of Cardinal Grech’s remarks published by Vatican newspaper

St Francis de Sales gives St Jane the Rule of the Order of the Visitation

St Jane Frances de Chantal (August 12) founded the Congregation of the Visitation in France

Daily readings: August 11-17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Love is at the heart of faith

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year, Wisdom 18-6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2 & 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 (Year C)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has dismissed a case against the Vatican relating to alleged sex abuse by a priest in 1965 (PA)

The dismissal on Monday marks the end of litigation which began in 2002


Print Edition 9.8.13

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald Megan Hodder meets Catholic singer Audrey Assad; Fr Mark Drew says he is fed up with false comparisons between Benedict XVI and Pope Francis; Piers Paul Read asks, why did God bless the Irish?; Christopher Howse on the bold priest who brought us gerbils; June Rockett […]