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Pope Francis greets Stanley Bergman, president of the American Jewish Committee (Photo: CNS)

Francis says Catholics and Jews must work together to create a ‘more just and fraternal world’

Franz von Rohden's Crucifixion, painted in 1854. A full version of the painting is below

Painting was kept in a closet for 30 years

Belgian politicians debate the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels yesterday (PA)

The House of Representatives has voted to extend Belgium’s euthanasia law to children

The Seven Holy Founders (February 17) met at a pious fraternity devoted to Mary

Daily readings: February 16-22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Sixth Sunday of the Year, Sir 15:15-20; Ps 119; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37 (Year A)

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican ordered worldwide survey on ‘Pastoral Challenges in the Family’ ahead of synod

Dr Irving Finkel

How the ark changed shape

British Museum curator Irving Finkel tells Will Gore how the chance discovery of a Babylonian tablet helped him trace the roots of Noah’s Ark


Print Edition: 14/02/14

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald, Melanie McDonagh poses the question, would you eat a chocolate pope? Laura Keynes on Shakespeare and assisted suicide. Dennis Sewell says the UN’s advice for the Church is useless. Will Gore interviews Dr Irving Finkel, the British Museum curator who has made an amazing discovery about […]

Archbishop Francis A. Chullikat (CNS)

The nuncio to the UN said that “widespread persecution of Christians rages”