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It’s a shame our culture views chastity with such suspicion

Society views celibacy as a strange lifestyle choice

Contrary to popular assumptions, chastity is dynamic, creative and radical

Catholic Herald View: A just war: we must act to protect Iraq’s minorities

Iraqi children who fled their village with their family rest near their car at a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Vatican is right to support US airstrikes against the Islamic State

How I moved from my megachurch to Catholicism

Former megachurch pastor Ulf Ekman

It caused uproar in Sweden when I left my Protestant ministry and became a Catholic

The international community is failing its obligation to protect Iraq’s persecuted minorities

Followers of the ancient Yazidi religion pray at their holy Lalish temple at the Mountains of Shikhan to the northwest of Baghdad (CNS)

Responsibility to protect is enshrined in Article 18 of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and was born in the embers of the Holocaust

Why the thought of organ donation makes me nervous

'The more divided the medical establishment seems to be on "brain death",  the more I hesitate to sign an organ donation card' (PA)

There is much about brain function that is not yet understood and it appears that the medical definition of ‘brain death’ is not infallible

Fr Charles-Roux: He loved the Mass, he loved God. May he now enjoy the vision of God forever

Fr Charles-Roux

Now Fr Charles-Roux is in the presence of the reality that lies within the sacramental sign

Lourdes water can heal at home

Bottles of Lourdes water line the wall at the spigots inside the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in France (CNS)

There are 69 miraculous Lourdes cures that are officially recognised by the Church, not forgetting the many anecdotal cures

How Franciscan is Pope Francis?

St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio

What perhaps we are not seeing from this Pope is the mystical and ecstatic characteristics of St Francis

Books blog: The role of the Church made blindingly clear

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in March (CNS)

Author Patrick Madrid’s new book is eloquent on the importance of sacramental Confession

Giving credit where it’s due to Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

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