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A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike earlier this year (CNS)

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

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

Rest in peace, Stratford Caldecott

Stratford’s Requiem Mass was a solemn and beautiful occasion

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

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

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

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Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation

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

Vatican doctrinal watchdog Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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