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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

Don’t worry about Cardinal Kasper’s flaky ideas on Holy Communion for the remarried: the Synod will come and go, and Pope Francis will still back Cardinal Müller

Cardinal Gerhard Muller pictured earlier this year (CNS)

He really does believe that we cannot, in his words, use Church doctrine ‘as we please’

We must guard and defend the Church’s precious liturgical heritage at all costs

The Congregation for Divine Worship has suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity (CNS)

The liturgy does not belong to us but the Church

Does the Church still adhere at all to the principle of a ‘just war’?

The Grenadier Guards are watched by a crowd as they leave Wellington Barracks in London for active service in France at the beginning of the Great War (CNS)

After a century of two world wars we know better that it is rarely the solution to human conflict

Hamas is using Gaza’s civilians as pawns in the war against Israel

A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike (Photo: CNS)

Hamas clearly fails the St Alphonsus test. Civilian deaths are not just collateral damage – they are its chief weapon

Rest in peace, Stratford Caldecott

Stratford Caldecott: 26th November 1953 – 17th July 2014

Stratford’s Requiem Mass was a solemn and beautiful occasion