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France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In one part of France in particular locals resisted (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)

A new book looks at a part of southern France where tight-knit communities saved Jewish lives

Pope Francis preaches at the closing Mass of Asian Youth Day (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/08/14

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

Paul VI (CNS)

Despite Annibale Bugnini’s extreme ecumania, the protestant observers at the consilium were wrong: the sacrificial language of the new mass was still entirely Catholic

An Iraqi woman looks in a camp displaced Iraqis who fled from their towns after advances by Islamic militants take shelter in Najaf, Iraq (PA)

600 Christians came to intercede together before God for their persecuted middle-eastern brethren-in-Christ

Society views celibacy as a strange lifestyle choice

Contrary to popular assumptions, chastity is dynamic, creative and radical

Iraqi children who fled their village with their family rest near their car at a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Vatican is right to support US airstrikes against the Islamic State

Former megachurch pastor Ulf Ekman

It caused uproar in Sweden when I left my Protestant ministry and became a Catholic

Followers of the ancient Yazidi religion pray at their holy Lalish temple at the Mountains of Shikhan to the northwest of Baghdad (CNS)

Responsibility to protect is enshrined in Article 18 of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and was born in the embers of the Holocaust

'The more divided the medical establishment seems to be on "brain death",  the more I hesitate to sign an organ donation card' (PA)

There is much about brain function that is not yet understood and it appears that the medical definition of ‘brain death’ is not infallible

Fr Charles-Roux

Now Fr Charles-Roux is in the presence of the reality that lies within the sacramental sign