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A parishoner is anointed with ashes by Deacon Ed Kelly during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Archbald, Pennsylvania (AP)

Some writers warned of future internal strife in the Church, while others examined the historical precedents

Rodrigo Duterte may be more diplomatic once he is elected (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Filipinos are holding out for Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency to be rather different from his election campaign

The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori in Rome (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

For my parish the devotion has become an important anchor. Here is how to rediscover its riches

Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with the UISG in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican (AP)

The drive for radical ‘reform’ could actually prevent the laity from gaining a more prominent voice

40 Hours of Adoration at the Brompton Oratory
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

Cartoon by Christian Adams

Why bishops love the EU

The faithful are being nudged towards a ‘Remain’ vote not only by England’s cardinals but also by the Pope. But how many Catholics will take their advice?

Vatican official Fr Friedrich Bechina speaks at the Benedict XVI Centre’s launch (Benedict XVI Centre)

Don’t let our faith be privatised

I know from experience that religion is seen as prejudiced or irrelevant. But Catholics have a vital role to play in politics – as a new centre will demonstrate

A detail from Tintoretto’s Creation of the Animals

Rupert Shortt deploys both St Thomas Aquinas and Bertrand Russell in his defence of Christianity as a way of making sense of the world

A Filipino woman carries an image of the blessed Virgin Mary as she walks past the damaged Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in the typhoon-ravaged town of Palo, central Philippines in 2013 (AP)

If we think we are too good to pray to Our Lady, we are cultivating a very deadly, sinful pride