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How the Great War left my family in pieces

Michael Harvey, who died in agony in 1919 (CNS)

Mary Teresa Connor describes how the First World War took an unbearable toll on her close-knit Irish Catholic family

Bishop Alan Hopes: ‘The next big challenge is going to be defending our Catholic schools’

Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia (Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk)

The Bishop of East Anglia on the greatest challenges facing Catholics in the next five years

Meet the Pope’s unlikely celebrity fans

Pope Francis (AP)

The rich and famous are lavishing praise on the Pope. Here’s a guide to his most surprising supporters

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We are in the fourth great crisis of the Church’

Bishop Athanasius Schneider celebrates Pontifical High Mass during the Latin Mass Society pilgrimage to West Grinstead in Sussex (Photo: Joseph Shaw)

During a trip to England the Soviet-born bishop says the Church today is experiencing ‘tremendous confusion’

Your guide to avoiding a fête worse than death

No parish summer celebration is complete without a coconut shy                                          (PA)

The best parish fêtes offer something to delight all five of our senses. The worst are marred by nasty niffs