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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

The family synod in session (CNS)

Cardinal Burke accuses synod leaders of giving a distorted view of the proceedings

Liberians wait outside the John F Kennedy Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia (CNS)

Fr McDonald Nah has said Liberians ‘can’t even go to church’ due to spread of virus

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis recalls his first Communion

Pope gives in to ‘temptation’ and tells personal story at general audience

Margot Parker: ‘Churches have grown because they are full of Catholic immigrants. I don’t have a problem with this. It’s terrific for the Church’

MEP Margot Parker says her party has a strong Catholic contingent that wants to build bridges with the Church