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A sparrow rests on a barbed wire fence that surrounds prison where the bishop died

Bishop Durcovici was starved to death in 1951

A popular, early modern portrait of St Rita

The saint who loved roses

St Rita (May 22), along with St Jude, is known as the patron saint of impossible cases

Daily Readings: May 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2: 4-9; John 14: 1-12

An unmanned US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, in Afghanistan, last year (PA)

Drones ‘can never replace the human capacity for moral reasoning,’ says Archbishop Tomasi

Israeli border police walk by Christians on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem this year                     (CNS)

With the Pope visiting the Holy Land next week, Tim Stanley reports on the fascinating, troubled place

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Print Edition: May 16, 2014

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald there is an extensive report on the announcement that Paul VI will be beatified in October. There is also news on the first Oratorian to be ordained bishop in 140 years and Pope Francis urging the UN to resist ‘the culture of death’ in reference to […]

The religious leaders meet at the Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library in Qom, Iran, in March (CNS/ Stephen M Colecchi)

Ongoing dialogue planned to discuss role of faith leaders in influencing issue of Iran’s nuclear programme

Argentine football legend  Diego Maradona (PA)

Football legend says he would like to meet the Pontiff

People carry the  coffin of one of the victims of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey (PA)

Pope was speaking during General Audience in St Peter’s Square