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Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, and US Cardinal Raymond Burke at a March for Life in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Kazakhstani bishop hails ‘courageous’ cardinals who wrote to Pope Francis asking for clarity

A man walks past the Holy Shroud on display at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy.  (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca, File)

In his latest book, Robert Spitzer offers a convincing answer to a challenging question

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Conversion on the Way to Damascus, 1600-1601

Christians have to resist a reductive reading of human beings as merely complex brains

Pope Francis reads a meditation on mercy at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Watch out: mercy can be violent

If the only way we can receive mercy is by means of divine assault, God will give us that

Archbishop Bernard A Hebda speaks at a news conference  (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

The plan outlines specific sources for funds available for victim remuneration, including the sale of archdiocesan properties

The Apostles Paul and Barnabas in Lystra, by Jacob Jordeans (1593-1678)

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 13:14 & 45-52; Rev 7:9 & 14-17; Jn 10:27-30 (Year C)

A journalist writes notes as he browses though a copy of Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Given the length of Amoris Laetitia, most Catholics are relying on second hand readings of the text

Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’'s representative to the Vatican, give a blessing at the end of a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (CNS)

The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

St John the Baptist Preaching to the Multitude by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1: 3-6 & 8-11; Ik 3:1-6 (Year C)

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence