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CafePress sells papal paraphernalia for the whole family, including the dog

Popular items include Pope Francis ‘onesies’, T-shirts, cufflinks, shot glasses, and cocktail shakers

Jesuit Father John Dear, is a nationally known peace activist (CNS)

Father Dear belonged to the Jesuits’ Maryland province, based in Towson

Pope Francis passes circus performers before his general audience in St Peter's Square Below: Video of performance and  performers move past the Pope (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis tells faithful that baptism gives them ‘unwavering hope and strength’

St Anthony the Great was tempted by boredom, laziness and phantom women in the desert

St Anthony the Great (January 17) was one of the most influential people in the early Church

Daily readings: January 11 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Baptism of the Lord, Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10: 34-38; Mt 3:13-17 (Year A)


Print Edition 10.1.14

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald, Cristina Odone explains why she’ll be leaping for joy in 2014; Madeleine Teahan interviews Barry Mizen, the father of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen; Fr Gerald O’Collins describes his amazing years in the Eternal City; Cathy Cocoran says helping the needy is still a central part of […]

Paul Goggins MP who died last night

MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East dies in hospital after collapsing while out running

Pope Francis gives a lamb a lift during a  visit to a Nativity scene at the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori Below: Francis chats to two children taking part in the nativity (CNS)

Pope visits live Nativity scene

Francis lets a lamb rest on his shoulders during visit to Rome church

Pilgrims pack Copacabana beach for World Youth Day's closing Mass (AP)

Francis recognises ‘great effort’ made by the Local Organising Committee in Rio