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Francis won’t allow us to take refuge in ignorance or uncertainty on the environment (CNS)

The environmental encyclical makes us squirm because it exposes our greed and recklessness with the powerful searchlight of the Gospel

A man kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston (AP)

No sanctuary from the slaughter

The massacre in Charleston garnered worldwide attention, yet the phenomenon of sacrilegious violence is global and growing

Frozen sperm stored at a clinic in New York (Photo: CNS)

‘Sperm banking’ will only encourage men and women to put off marriage for longer

The website of the Missionaries of the Poor

Fr Richard Ho Lung’s dynamic Missionaries of the Poor are spreading around the world

An Ebola sensitisation campaign painted on a wall in the Liberian capital Monrovia (CNS)

I quarantined myself after baptising 27 people, including two Ebola survivors, at the Easter Vigil

A detail from The Baptism of Christ  by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist

A detail from St Francis Preaches to the Birds by Giotto

Throughout the centuries, saintly priests and nuns have been exemplary environmentalists

A detail from Hans Holbein's portrait of St Thomas More

Fisher and More lived exemplary lives and were content to be martyred for the faith