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St Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today in Gotarrendura, Spain

The witty Spanish saint was, in some ways, the Pope Francis of her time

Bishop Egan: 'we must exercise discretion, respect others and their privacy'

Bishop Philip Egan is right: we have to speak the truth – but always with love

Japanese Catholics pray for victims of Nagasaki last week at Urakami Cathedral (The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Is it ever right to commit such violence?

Paolo Gabriele travels in the Popemobile in May (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/08/12

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


It is in light of the Holocaust that European civilisation must be rebuilt

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’