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Pope Francis has compared life to childbirth and the joy that it eventually brings (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke about the joy of Jesus this morning during Mass

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Francis deplores ‘unspeakable suffering’ in Syria in message to charities

One of many churches that have been damaged during the Syrian war (AP)

‘We feel a terrible storm around us’, Maronite archbishop says in prayers

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

A pro-Russian man holds a crucifix next to a Russian flag during a demonstration in Donetsk's Lenin Square (CNS)

Catholics are staying home amid fighting and kidnapping


Print edition: May 30, 2014

Our edition this week brings you in-depth coverage of the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land including eye witness accounts from Madeleine Teahan and Jill, Duchess of Hamilton. We also have an exclusive interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who has some reassuring words on the future of the Church. Laura Keynes writes about the courageous […]

Daily readings: June 1 – 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension of the Lord, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (Year A)

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

The One Of Us Campaign gathered 2 million signatures

EU rejects pro-life initiative

A petition demanding an end to destruction of human embryos has been vetoed