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Hamas is using Gaza’s civilians as pawns in the war against Israel

A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike (Photo: CNS)

Hamas clearly fails the St Alphonsus test. Civilian deaths are not just collateral damage – they are its chief weapon

Rest in peace, Stratford Caldecott

Stratford Caldecott: 26th November 1953 – 17th July 2014

Stratford’s Requiem Mass was a solemn and beautiful occasion

Nuance is one of the first casualties of war in Gaza

Palestinian children play outside a UN school that has been transformed into a shelter in Jabalia, Gaza (CNS)

There are few things less appealing than the tribalism which erupts whenever Israel goes to war

The fight to honour Ireland’s heroes of the First World War

Queen Elizabeth II and Irish president Mary McAleese after a wreath laying ceremony at the Irish War Memorial Garden, Islandbridge, in May 2011 (PA)

On at least 44 days more than 100 Irishmen were killed during the Great War, but they are only now being recognised

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Secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent the message to embassies (CNS)

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Bravo, France! And shame on you, David Cameron!

A Iraqi protester carries a cross during a protest against the Islamic State (CNS)

France has offered asylum to the Iraqi Christians forced to flee from Mosul

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The Vatican’s media machine is broken

Pope Francis with Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation

Why Catholicism’s credibility survived the Great War

Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

The rather gloomy outlook of the Church meant that it was better equipped than most faiths to cope with the horrors of the First World War

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Vatican doctrinal watchdog Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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