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Cardinal Godfried Danneels (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Belgium’s crisis of faith

Its Church is dogged by empty pews, scandals and a hierarchy beguiled by the latest social trends. Soon it could become little more than a heritage agency for ancient churches

Cuban students stand in Revolution Square, where the Pope will celebrate Mass on Sunday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/09/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

MPs will debate a Bill legalising assisted suicide in Britain on September 11 (PA)

The champions of the Assisted Dying Bill are desperately hoping that Britons will remain ignorant of the euthanasia horror stories emerging from Europe

A supporter of physician assisted suicide outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2005 (PA)

Prof William Toffler, a leading Oregon doctor, has said that ‘the sick and ageing deserve better’

Aleppo [PA]

The operation took place over two months and amid great secrecy

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, after being attacked with an egg by protestors in 2013 (CNS)

Archbishop Léonard submitted his letter of resignation on May 6 upon reaching the age of 75

Laurent Stefanini, right, at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/06/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

A board shows the result of today's child euthanasia vote (AP)

Belgium’s chilly detachment from the sick and dependent is widening

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