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Pope Francis called for selfless witness (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope said that the Church needed courageous witnesses in world which was hostile to the Gospel

Local elections will take place across Scotland on 5 May (PA)

A letter signed by the Bishops of Scotland instructs Catholics to have ‘greater participation in the political process’

The Club: if you’ve got the stomach for this Chilean film, you’ll be richly rewarded

Pablo Larrain’s latest film about a group of disgraced priests refuses to offer easy answers

Pope Francis and Archbishop Cushley met on Monday (David Kerr)

The Pontifical Scots College in Rome was inspired by the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie

The Passion of Jesus  performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark will take a dramatisation of the last days of Christ to one of Italy’s biggest prisons

Sir James MacMillan: a vital custodian of Britain’s Catholic heritage (PA)

The holy warrior with a baton

Sir James MacMillan has this year attained sublime creative heights as well as taken on nationalist interests that want to marginalise Catholicism

Abortion law will now be decided by Holyrood  (PA)

LIFE has welcomed the devolution of abortion law

MSPs gather at Holyrood (Photo: PA)

Abortion law to be devolved to Scotland

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, says he cannot see a ‘convincing reason’ against devolution

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn alongside shadow chancellor John McDonnell  at the Labour Conference (PA)

Old-style socialists like Jeremy Corbyn may be atheists but they are less likely than the liberal Left to be ideologically opposed to religion

Devout Australian player Digby Ioane (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

When the Rugby World Cup kicks off in England today their devotion will be on full display