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Irish priest claims Cardinal O’Malley will tell Benedict XVI that Ireland’s Church has ‘a decade at most’ to save itself

Two priests say they fear that young Egyptian Catholics will turn away from the Church because it did not back the protests

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world are drawn to religious life

Cardinal Pell hopes centre will serve as a home away from home

The star of The Rite tells the Catholic Herald that being an atheist must be like living ‘in a closed cell with no windows’

Sixth Sunday of the Year: Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37

St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Print edition 11.02.11

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week Anthony Hopkins tells Gabrielle Donnelly why he could never be an atheist; Scott P Richert addresses the ‘everyone else is going up, so I will too’ approach to Holy Communion; John Wilkins wonders why Catholics are so uncharitable online; and Eldred Willey reports on the quiet miracles happening in ‘Africa’s Medjugorje’. Plus, Stuart Reid confronts his fear of garlic; and Andrew M Brown gives the Coen brothers’ True Grit remake a rare five stars.

Blind tenor treated Italians to an aria at an event put on by the charity Sermig