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A French flag and a prayer beads are displayed at a makeshift memorial in front of the Saint Etienne church where Fr Jacques Hamel was killed (AP)

The French government must recognise its culture as traditionally Judeo-Christian – in short, a cultural renaissance needs to be facilitated by the state

Pilgrims take photos of Pope Francis as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Brzegi, Poland (AP)

People often say young pilgrims only go to WYD for a good time, but scratch the surface and you find real engagement with Christ

Nuns wait for the start of a vigil held by Pope Francis at Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, Poland (AP)

Visits to World Youth Day and Lourdes remind us that the Church belongs to the poor, not the rich

A new translation of the Roman Missal on the altar (PA)

‘Do the red and say the black’ is simple advice, but it could save a lot of trouble

Dead and dying trees near Cressman, California. The state has been hit by severe drought (AP)

From greater investment in renewables, to a change in our own consumption habits, there is plenty to do

The faithful greet Pope Francis in Poland (AP)

In Kraków, pilgrims are discovering the hope and mercy that is sorely needed in these dark times

An American World Youth Day pilgrim listens to Cardinal O'Malley at Tauron Arena in Kraków (CNS)

It’s no doubt possible to pass through the WYD experience at a fairly superficial level

World Youth Day pilgrims wait in the rain for Pope Francis to arrive at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland (CNS)

Are young people from the West ready to fully embrace the dangers and delights of Catholicism?

Should we revise church security? (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Church has always been a place for sanctuary not security guards

World Youth Day pilgrims cheer during Pope Francis' address (CNS)

Even the unbearable humidity, crammed public transport and papal mistranslations couldn’t detract from the joy of World Youth Day