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Paul Lamb and  Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson (PA)

A majority of judges felt it was better for Parliament to decide on the legality of assisted suicide

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The saint who distributed small gifts

St Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) is buried in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra

Daily readings: June 29 – July 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-1; Mt 16:13-19 (Year A)

Michael Harvey, who died in agony in 1919 (CNS)

Mary Teresa Connor describes how the First World War took an unbearable toll on her close-knit Irish Catholic family

The theme of the synod will be the 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation' (PA)

Topics in working document include some of the most controversial areas of Church teaching on the family

Francis addresses cardinals in the synod hall in February (CNS)

Officials present working document for crucial synod of bishop in October

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens

The chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate appealed for the youths to be returned home

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Print Edition: June 26 2014

This week we bring you an exclusive report on the ISIS fighters who attended Catholic schools in the UK and the course which is transforming teenagers into evangelists. Madeleine Teahan talks with the mother who prayed to Fulton Sheen to save her baby’s life, Simon Caldwell reveals ten amazingly saintly British converts and Mary Teresa […]

Members of Tuam Home Graveyard Committee on the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway (PA)

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed support for a judicial inquiry