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Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

Something rather sinister has happened in the wake of the General Synod vote

New members of the ruling Politburo Committee, including China's leader Xi Jinping, centre (Photo: AP)

May God bless the real Republic of China – Taiwan

Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China (Photo: CNS)

Eighty priests and 80 nuns are taught about duty to China and the socialist value system

Newborn babies at a hospital in Shandong province, eastern China (Photo: PA)

The internet is making it impossible for Chinese authorities to keep their shameful policy away from international scrutiny

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, the Vatican's highest-ranking Chinese official (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop urges Beijing to release nine arrested Catholic bishops and priests

The Magi, as traditionally viewed   CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Were the three wise men from China?

The Magi took two years to come from “the east”, far too long to be Babylonia or Persia, opening up the intriguing possibility that Christianity might not be alien to China

One in six baby girls in China is aborted

Francis Phillips wonders if pro-abortion activists have thought through the consequences of their views

Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

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Pope Benedict XVI is driven through the crowd gathered for today's weekly general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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