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St Josephine was treated as a slave for years, but insisted: ‘My life is good’

St Josephine Bakhita (February 8) said if she met her torturers she would kiss their hands for helping her to find Christ

Birth rates for boys and girls vary depending on where their mothers were born (Photo: PA)

Health Minister says tests would be too costly and cause distress to women having abortions

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: unlikely to be giving up laughter for Lent (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for one last chocolate biscuit

We asked prominent Christians what they are giving up for Lent. Their answers range from blogs to fruit juice and moreish digestives

Bishop Philip Egan (Photo: Mazur)

Bishop Egan issued the warning after MPs voted in favour of the legislation by a sizeable majority

Cardinal Roger Mahony (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

Cardinal Mahony is disciplined after files show failure to address abuse allegations

Daily readings: February 3 – 9

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A detail from Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue by French painter James Tissot (1836-1902)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Ps 71; 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13; Lk 4:21-30

A statue of St Verdiana in a convent in Montaione, Italy

The hermit who lived with snakes

St Verdiana (February 1) gave away all her uncle’s beans to the poor

February 1 2013

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Under current law pharmacists may refuse to sell the pill but must direct the customer to another provider (Photo: PA)

Academics say right of pharmacists to refuse to sell the pill should be abolished