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Police surround Christian demonstrators during march for rights for low-caste Christians (CNS)

Archbishop Couto was among 6 Catholic bishops detained during a Wednesday protest

St Lucy holds her eyes in this painting by early Renaissance artist Francesco del Cossa

St Lucy (December 13), a martyr of the Diocletian persecution, was one of the most well-known saints in early modern England

A girl stands a destroyed building in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Alnemeh demands the immediate release of the nuns ‘who have done no harm to anyone’

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope releases World Day of Peace message

5,000-word message, entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace”

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

St Peter revitalised a Church that had grown lazy in bringing the faith to people

St Peter Canisius (December 21) was one of the most important Jesuits of his time

Daily readings: December 15-21

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Third Sunday of Advent, Is 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 (Year A)

Print Edition 13.12.13

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald American campaigner Abby Johnson explains why she walks out on the abortion industry; Melanie McDonagh explains why Nelson Mandela was a secular saint; an extract from Michael Coren’s new book says Catholicism is more relevant than ever; Daniel Cronin argues that Francis’s meeting with Benedict XVI […]