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Daily readings: August 31-September 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A sculpture showing monks bearing St Cuthbert's coffin

St Cuthbert retired to an island and would only open his window to give blessings

Professor Silviu Itescu

Professor Silviu Itescu is pioneering a therapy for congestive heart failure

St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland's national seminary (Photo: PA)

New candidates bring the total number at Maynooth to 70

An Iraqi refugee comforts her child in the safety of Kurdistan (CNS)

Christian leaders call for Muslim leaders to stand up against extremists after harrowing visit to Iraq

Pope Francis with Mgr Nunzio Galantino earlier this year (PA)

Bishop Galantino said that couples living in irregular marital situations face de facto discrimination

Displaced Yazidis fleeing Iraq for Syria (PA)

The tragedy of the Yazidis of Iraq

The Middle East is increasingly a place to conceal one’s religion


Print Edition: August 29

This week Maria Elena Candilio writes on the history of popes and their pets and Damian Thompson explains why Francis is the Vatican’s real Rottweiler. Fr Timothy Finigan outlines the perils of routine Holy Communion and Catherine MacMillan describes her journey as a teenage single mum with a severely-disabled daughter. Maajid Nawaz urges us to […]

Tom Watson says his political battles have had a profound personal impact: ‘It has all done incalculable damage, to me and to the people I love’ (PA)

Crusading MP Tom Watson explains why he’s reading Pope Francis, believes in God and longs for new, kinder form of politics

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. (PA)

His replacement at the Congregation for Divine Worship is yet to be announced