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From the First World War to Syria, the unending heroism of the Catholic priest

A century after the First World War, priests like Fr Franz still make huge sacrifices (CNS)

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice

David Cameron already is doing something for persecuted Christians – making their plight worse

The Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Maaloula, recently recaptured by the Syrian Army (CNS)

Britain’s foreign policy does nothing to help the persecuted Church

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/04/14

Pope Francis at this morning's Chrism Mass (AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

This is what it’s like to take part in a Spanish Holy Week procession

The author, centre, prepares for the procession

Finally I have fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk among the penitents in Valladolid

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/04/14

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica on February 22 (CNS)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Sir Chris Woodhead: a courageous man who is wrong about euthanasia

Chris Woodhead, pictured in 2000 (PA)

But we who believe that life is sacred must never ‘pontificate’ to those who don’t share our convictions

Love and envy: exploring the psychology of Judas

Judas betraying Jesus in The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

Judas was perhaps the first person to hate God in terms we can understand

John Paul II: Things I have to thank him for

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Ahead of his canonisation, it is a timely moment to reflect on how Blessed John Paul has inspired us

Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

Pilate’s wife appears in one verse of St Matthew’s Gospel proclaiming Jesus’s innocence