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Topic: Second Vatican Council

Flourishing religious movements are the best hope for the future of the Church

Many religious communities must rediscover their sense of unity of purpose

Indian Church conference leads to national Christian women’s movement

The Indian Christian Women’s Movement established after talks on the impact of the Second Vatican Council

Kneeling is a vital part of Confession

To kneel rather than sit helps distinguish Confession from psychotherapy sessions

Archbishop of Birmingham: ‘The world is not hostile to Christians’

‘We need to look at the world not as an enemy that is indifferent to the Gospel,’ says Archbishop Longley

Vatican officials say Pope’s document provides map for Church’s future

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’

Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis shows us evangelising is life’s great adventure

During his electrifying pontificate Francis has shown what it means to be an evangeliser

The Holy Father has just fervently declared his support for Benedict XVI’s vision of the Church, and has issued a clear rejection of the so-called ‘Spirit of Vatican II’

As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable

The disappearance of traditional religious orders is changing the landscape of the Church

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

My convent school has changed remarkably in just 50 years

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

The pope who guided the Church into the new millennium

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council