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A relative of Samuel Walham, one of 21 Copts beheaded by ISIS last year, weeps (Photo: AP)

We cannot ignore this genocide

Until the murderous persecution of Christians by ISIS is recognised for what it is, its perpetrators cannot be brought to international justice

Henry VIII: stinking, secretive and sadistic (Photo: PA)

Henry VIII, stinking sadist

The king would have been furious that Cardinal Nichols is to preside at Vespers in Hampton Court Palace next week

Cassiana Severino holds her daughter Melisa Vitoria, born with microcephaly at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazil talks of ‘a huge national mobilisation’ against the mosquito but this is likely to remain but a dream as the government has repeatedly failed the governed

St Bernadette of Lourdes

If you start praying today you can complete a novena by the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The San Francesco di Paola in Naples

Despite the sadness and despair, and the traffic, the city remains a great jewel

Three-month-old Daniel, who was born with microcephaly, undergoes physical therapy at the Altino Ventura foundation in Recife, Brazil (AP)

As the virus spreads across Latin America, will the Catholic Church keep its thoughts to itself?

Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Mark Riebling’s Church of Spies is an exciting Vatican thriller that doesn’t quite add up

The relics of St John Bosco visit Southwark Cathedral, London, in 2013 (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The saint whose feast we celebrate today discovered his vocation in his sleep

Young Jewish refugees from Germany arrive at Parkeston Quay, Harwich, in 1939 (PA)

Wartime refugees had a high regard for Britain’s values. But we hardly know what those values are any more

The cast of Spotlight, which has received rave reviews

In the post-Vatican II Church notions of crime and justice had no place and abusers were labelled as victims