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Justice Anthony Kennedy: no doubt well-meaning, but hopelessly optimistic (PA)

The Church has in the past five decades stressed the importance of ideas that cluster around the phrase ‘human rights’ – in doing so, it has dug a hole for itself

Catholics in the Philippines greet Pope Francis during his visit to the country (CNS)

A presidential official has said that same-sex marriage by Filipinos in a foreign country will not be recognised in the Philippines.

The White House is lit up in rainbow colours after the Supreme Court ruling (AP)

Ruling is ‘profoundly immoral and unjust’, says president of US bishops’ conference

A Mass in Nebraska marks the end of the archdiocesan phase of Fr Edward Flanagan's Cause (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/06/15

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

'Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009' (CNS)

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment with the court’s decree

Archbishop Eamon Martin (Photo: PA)

Three-quarters of a million no voters are hardly irrelevant, says Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Prowse: '"It will be a bit of a test of our national maturity [to see] if we can have a reasonable and respectful debate'

But Archbishop Christopher Prowse says the nature of society would change profoundly

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/05/15

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Votes are cast in Friday's referendum (PA)

L’Osservatore Romano responds to Ireland’s vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

A No vote is counted during last week's referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland (PA)

In light of the Irish referendum result, the faithful must charitably but firmly engage in robust public debates on marriage, family and society