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A bust of Pope Pius IX at an exhibition in Florida (PA)

Those who ridicule the Syllabus have clearly never read it – it’s a handy guide to avoiding doctrinal blunders

People pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (CNS)

Clerics hope the visit will shed light on Islam

Pakistani members of the Christian minority shout slogans during a protest in Karachi (CNS)

Church leaders said they were seeking to curb the misuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Pope Francis embraces Filipino leader Cardinal Tagle last November (CNS)

Cardinal Tagle said the Pope’s visit would be a blessing for the poor

The seal protects the dignity of the person, the official said (CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

People buy newspapers with the front page showing newly elected Pope Francis (AP)

During our 126 year history, we have always been prepared to move with the times

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (CNS)

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo announced a week of prayers for ‘reconciliation, justice and peace’

Relatives of 43 missing students celebrate Mass in Chilpancingo, Mexico (CNS)

Archdiocese of Mexico City calls for a ‘reconstruction of the country’ in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

Bishop Kieran Conry  (Photo: Mazur)

Bishop Egan makes comments in weekly diocesan email bulletin