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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year, Is 55:1-3; Rom 8:35 & 37-39; Mt 14:13-21 (Year A)

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Print Edition: August 1 2014

This week we report on the mounting pressure on David Cameron to speak out and take action over persecuted Iraqi Christians and the Catholic Education Service’s call not to make sex education compulsory. Madeleine Teahan talks to Catholic cartoonist about how she came back to the Faith and David Bell writes about the prelate who […]

'Many Anglican village churches have discovered that modern organs can be programmed to play hymns automatically' (CNS)

The organist is dead

A great English Christian figure is in danger of dying out

Smoke rises from Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike earlier this week (CNS)

Priest and nuns had to evacuate 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Conflict between Israel and Hamas has not stopped pilgrimages ‘functioning like normal’

A Christian woman carries a cross during a recent demonstration in Irbil, Iraq (CNS)

International Catholic agency issues plea for emergency funds to help refugees forced to leave Mosul

Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS)

Demonstrators faint in the heat during march on UN base in Irbil.

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano delivering an address in 2006 (AP)

Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano passed away on Sunday

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (CNS)

Mgr Newton discusses ‘one of his favourite children’s books’ in Sunday homily

On Monday Pope Francis made his way back to Caserta, in southern Italy, less than 48 hours after his first trip there, to meet with his friend Pastor Giovanni Traettino and speak to a group of Pentecostals at a partially built church