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Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

In a homily the Pope says priests who struggle to be merciful should avoid hearing Confessions

Cardinal Nichols (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Nichols provides a wonderful antidote to the legalism that sees morality as a set of rules

Pope Francis takes a cap from a girl scout during his visit to Regina Pacis parish church in Ostia in the outskirts of Rome (PA)

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 10:25-26, 33-35 & 44-48; 1 jn 4:7-10; jn 15:9-17

Fr Ray's blog

Fr Ray Blake hopes to open ‘place of outreach’ in a shop in a Brighton high street

Francis has given  'missionaries of mercy'  the authority to pardon 'even those sins reserved to the Holy See' (CNS)

Archbishop Fisichella unveils official prayer, logo, and calendar of events for

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

The World Youth Day 2016 logo

The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop

Roman Polanski is free to stay in his chalet (above) in Gstaad, Switzerland, after Swiss authorities refused to extradite him to the United States (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre)

The victim of his crime, Samantha Geimer, wants the case dropped. To bang him up would be cruel and vengeful