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A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

Chen Guangcheng pictured in Washington DC in January Photo: CNS

Chinese human rights campaigner Chen Guangcheng exposes western hypocrisy about abortion

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako (AP)

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

Francis Maude (Photo: PA)

Politicians like Francis Maude think the party should cling to the ‘spirit of the age’. Come the election they may be in for a shock

Cardinal Keith O'Brien – how is the Church dealing with complaints? AP Photo

This is not the time for Catholics to circle the wagon

The Pope blesses a child after Pentecost Sunday Mass (AP)

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

Malta's Gianluca Bezzina, centre, performs during the second semifinal of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: PA

I hope that Gianluca Bezzina brings Malta to victory in this year’s contest

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome Photo:CNS

‘If you are out of communion on a matter as fundamental as the right to life, surely you have chosen to cut yourself off from the community of fellow worshippers’ says Francis Phillips

The then Cardinal Bergoglio on the Buenos Aires subway (AP Photo/Pablo Leguizamon, File)

When it comes to the Catholic Church people think they know it all

A baby is baptised Photo: PA

You can raise your children as Christians but ultimately, it’s up to them if they attend church as an adult