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Dr Deborah Nucatola discusses aborted unborn baby parts over lunch

Dr Deborah Nucatola, caught on camera discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, could be the next Abby Johnson

'Offering prayers of thanksgiving when prayers are not answered can be very good for our soul ' (CNS)

Disappointments can actually help us to grow in trust and humility

Giacomo Leopardi: 'Our going on hoping and living is a happy, natural but also real and constant madness, and something quite contrary to reason, which all too clearly shows that there is no hope for any of us.'

The pessimistic noble Giacomo Leopardi was a precursor to Nietzsche and Samuel Beckett

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Fr Dall'Oglio was asked to leave Syria but couldn't bear to desert the count country he loved. (CNS)

Six clergy have vanished without trace since the Syrian conflict erupted. Many fear the worst, but we must never give up hope that they will be found

Queuing for Confession: ‘What a great leveller it is to be alone-in-company’ (CNS)

Apologising to God

A former Anglican’s first Confession was an unfamiliar struggle between her honesty and her vanity – but, as she explains here, it brought her one step close to her Maker

German bishops arrive for the opening of their plenary meeting in Freiburg (CNS)

The German Church, defined by centuries of tension with Rome, is regarded as a bastion of liberalism. But Teutonic Catholicism is much more diverse than outsiders realise

A Christian Orthodox pilgrim bathes in the Jordan River (AP)

What matters is not so much the precise spot of Jesus’s baptism, but rather the importance of the whole ritual

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Wichita (PA)

Claims that Planned Parenthood is selling the remains of aborted children should not surprise us

A banner of St Kateri Tekakwitha hangs from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Throughout her short life, St Kateri Tekakwitha suffered so that she could pursue her calling as a bride of Christ