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A nun prays at a penitential vigil at Rome's St Ignatius church, held for participants of the symposium (PA photo)

Mgr Scicluna says existing canon law should be used to punish Church leaders who are negligent

A woman prays during Ash Wednesday Mass in Washington last year (Photo: CNS)

In his Lenten message the Pope warns against ‘spiritual anaesthesia’ which numbs people to suffering

Marie Collins, right, with Baroness Hollins (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Abuse victim tells bishops of her suffering

In her address Marie Collins calls for stronger penalties for bishops and other Church leaders who cover up abuse

The words of forgiveness create us afresh

Seventh Sunday of the Year: Is 43:18-19, 21-22 & 24-25; Ps 41; 2 Cor 1:18-22; Mk 2:1-12

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

Edward Leigh says that Christians have found an ‘oasis of relative calm’ under the ‘nasty’ regime

Marie Collins: ‘I’d like to see the Church going back to the basics of what Christ said, and he did not teach that institutions are more important than little children’  (Photo: PA)

Marie Collins explains to Madeleine Teahan what she will say at an unprecedented gathering of bishops in Rome this week

Benedict XVI greets Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (CNS)

Statement makes unusually public rebuke of a high-ranking colleague

Daily readings: February 5 – 11

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fifth Sunday of the Year: Job 7:1-4 & 6-7; Ps 147; 1 Cor 9:16-19 & 22-23; Mk 1:29-39

Rare snowfall turns Vatican in a winter wonderland