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Cheng waited until his 80s to publish his first novel

The 83-year-old first-time novelist was inspired by his escape from the Japanese occupation

Daily readings: September 29 – October 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope was speaking during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Archbishop Welby has also condemned Pakistan's blasphemy laws (CNS)

Archbishop Welby said those killed in Peshawar on Sunday were attacked for their faith

Fr Wilfrid Faber once said: ‘I walk down the street in my habit and I feel I dispel invincible ignorance wherever I go'

The unfairly maligned founder of the London Oratory died 150 years ago

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Print Edition 27.9.13

In this week’s print edition of the Catholic Herald former Labour spin doctor Damian McBride talks about his controversial political memoirs; Cristina Odone argues Pope Francis has tamed the wolves of Fleet Street; Joseph Pearce reveals how Catholicism saved him from a life of hatred in the National Front; Miguel Cullen interviews artist Michael Landy; […]

Pope John Paul II kisses the floor of the prison cell of Father Maximilian Kolbe (CNS)

The saint’s relics will be venerated in Notre Dame de France church in Leicester Square

Damian McBride (PA)

Cafod backs former spin doctor over publication of controversial memoirs

Pope Francis called for prayer for the perecuted church  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Holy Father says we should treat suffering Christians abroad as members of our own family

Pope Francis poses with young people during his recent visit to Cagliari, Sardinia (CNS)

Francis calls for “a spirit of profound solidarity and compassion” in dealing with migrants around the world