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Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign

He really does believe that we cannot, in his words, use Church doctrine ‘as we please’

The liturgy does not belong to us but the Church

After a century of two world wars we know better that it is rarely the solution to human conflict

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

Stratford’s Requiem Mass was a solemn and beautiful occasion

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

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

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

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