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Shahbaz Bhatti at the US bishops’ HQ in Washington DC, 2009: ‘I live for religious freedom, and am ready to die for this cause’

Behold a martyr for religious freedom

When Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down four years ago the world lost one of the most courageous, cheerful and tireless defenders of persecuted Christians

The modern rite of baptism may be more joy-filled, but it is also vaguer (AP)

The beauty of the old rite of baptism is that it faces the reality of evil head-on

A Filipino couple walks out the door after their wedding at a Catholic church  (PA)

“101 Tips for a Happier Marriage” by Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes contains some sage advice

President Obama said Islam was woven into America's history since its founding (PA)

President Obama’s recent speech on Islam and America’s foundation was historically inaccurate

'The bishops’ 2015 letter the letter is of use to all voters – not just Catholics – in casting their votes this May' (PA)

The bishops’ 2015 letter reminds the reader that there is a moral obligation on all voters to exercise their franchise

'Yvette Cooper was was instrumental in defeating Fiona Bruce's amendment' (PA)

The UK abortion industry’s stranglehold on MPs is now so tight that even a modest clarification of an existing law was not possible

An icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by artist Tony Rezk

The 21 Coptic Martyrs are role models for all Christians and a Catholic heart wants to honour them as such

Archbishop Cushley meeting inhabitants of Chipolomba village including Mary Jackson, in the yellow jumper

The Catholic definition of charity

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund is helping farmers in Malawi

Clive James

James is a ‘pugnacious and provocative’ writer but Cultural Amnesia is not without flaws

Pope Francis and Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome (Photo: CNS)

Famous preachers used to attract people far and wide – sadly that tradition no longer continues