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The statue of Our Lady of Fatima overlooks worshippers at the Fatima shrine (AP)

On the 99th anniversary of the ‘Miracle of the Sun’, Our Lady’s message is still urgent

What's inside this week's magazine?

What’s inside this week’s magazine?

Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald

The US Supreme Court is once again at the heart of the global struggle over abortion (AP)

The new global battle over abortion


The simple clash between pro-choice and pro-life camps is giving way to a more complex but no less ferocious struggle

Theresa May sings at Westminster Abbey before her speech on modern slavery last night (PA)

The number of those living in slavery has risen by an estimated 10 million since 2014. The PM’s campaign is a good start

Pope Francis presides at 
the family synod last October (mazur/

The letter that proved to be the turning point showed the Holy Spirit was at work in a most unexpected way

Robert Harris: he has perhaps understood Pope Francis better than most Catholics

Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’

A Palestinian Christian bride enters the Church of Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during her wedding celebration in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Saturday Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Annulment chaos in the Holy Land

Many Arab Christians wanting to divorce resort to converting to another religion

Salman Taseer, right, Governor of Punjab Province, listens to Asia Bibi, left, at a prison near Lahore. Bibi continues to deny blasphemy charges on which she was convicted to death in 2010 (AP)

An ‘ethical foreign policy’ would take action against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

A cemetery for the unborn in Moscow. The inscriptions are what the unborn children might have achieved: one reads 'famous writer' (AP)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is among 300,000 signatories to a new pro-life petition

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, is depicted in stained glass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Staten Island, New York (CNS)

Today, the Catholic left is known for dissent. But we can hope for a politics that’s both radical and orthodox