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Plus Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on godparents and Dan Hitchens on how the Church should respond to drug legalisation

Bishop Thomas Olmsted at last year's 'Honor Your Mother' event in downtown Phoenix (CNS)

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said conscience must be formed in accordance with ‘God’s word and the authoritative teaching of the Church’

Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine share a platform in Pittsburgh earlier this month (PA)

Bishops have a duty to challenge ‘devout Catholics’ whose actions contradict Church teaching

Nuns gather at World youth Day 2016 (All pics by Daisy Powles)

We must believe ‘in a new humanity’ and stand against extremism on one side and relativism on the other

Archbishop Charles Chaput, right, delivers remarks during a Mass given by Pope Francis at Cathedral Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul,  in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Archbishop Charles Chaput said divorced and remarried should live as brother and sister

A detail from St Peter in tears by El Greco

In today’s ecumenical climate many seem embarrassed to declare the role of St Peter and the importance of communion with his successors

Pope Francis greets a girl after celebrating a Mass for the sick and disabled in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 12 (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass for the Year of Mercy jubilee of the sick and persons with disabilities

Bishop Athanasius Schneider (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Schneider said the document might lead to widespread confusion over doctrine and the sacraments

The Resurrection of the Son of the Widow of Nain (1814) by Jean-Baptiste Wicar

Word this Week

Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist, memory is more than recall. It is a sharing in all that is remembered, a true encounter with Christ

Archbishop Charles Chaput beside Pope Francis as the pontiff blesses volunteers at the World Meeting of Families (AP)

Archbishop Chaput said the working group was ‘very ad hoc’