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Francis appeals to mafia members during his speech (AP)

Pontiff makes emotional appeal at prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence

Bishop Mc Mahon has been appointed the new Archbishop of Liverpool (Mazur)

Bishop McMahon has been appointed Archbishop of Liverpool

Using social media for abuse or to attack the reputations of other people is a direct sin against the Eighth Commandment, said Bishop Egan (PA) Below: Bishop Egan (CNS)

Bishop of Portsmouth asks Catholics to use Lent as a time to repent of sins committed on social media

A shelf of books in the Vatican library (CNS)

Documents that have up until now only been accessible to scholars to be digitised over the next four years

St Margaret kneels in this portrait of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Daphne Pollen

St Margaret Clitherow (March 26) became a friend to persecuted Catholics in the north of England

Daily readings: March 23-29

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Third Sunday of Lent, Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95; Rm 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42 (Year A)

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)

Pope Francis had a message for fathers at his general audience today