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Pope Francis elevates the chalice during a Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will visit the parish in Rome where Blessed Paul VI celebrated his first public Mass in Italian

Former Catholic Herald editor Desmond Fisher, who passed away last week       (

He covered Second Vatican Council during his time in charge of the paper

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

St John Paul II appears following his election in 1978

On St John Paul II’s first feast day, we pick out piece from our archives that asks, how will history judge the Polish Pope?

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo: a shy man with a lion's strength                        (CNS)

The Blessed who gave Hans Küng a big hug

A disarming figure who overcame a youthful aversion to public speaking is about to be beatified

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St Pius X (CNS)

Bishop Bernard Fellay met doctrinal prefect Cardinal Müller for two hours

Blessed John Henry Newman (Photo: CNS)

He had no time for liberalism, but would have spurned the SSPX

'Philip Trower came to see that all converts become Catholic for the same reason' (CNS)

Philip Trower’s recollections of his spiritual journey shows that a belief in God can be taught and caught in many different ways

Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day in Croatia (AP)

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

Vatican theologians say bishops must discern the sensus fidei (AP)

International Theological Commission says Church leaders must pay heed to ‘sense of the faithful’