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Francis condemns terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

An anti-terrorism protest  in Sousse (AP)

Terror attacks on Friday left more than 50 dead on three continents

Pope Francis on board a flight to Sri Lanka (CNS)

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The Dalai Lama joins rock star Patti Smith on stage at Glastonbury (PA)

Dalai Lama praises Pope’s environment encyclical

The Dalai Lama praised the Pontiff during visit to the Glastonbury Festival

Archbishop Leo Cushley holding the relics during the service (Paul McSherry)

Pilgrims flock to Scottish town to honour medieval Queen

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh carried the relics of St Margaret, the 11th-century Queen of Scots

Pope Francis exchanges gift with Bolivian President Evo Morales during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis wants to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit, claims government official

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica today (CNS)

Pope Francis blesses palliums for new archbishops

Pope Francis has called on archbishops to be brave witnesses for the Church during Mass for Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

An anti-terrorism protest  in Sousse (AP)

Francis condemns terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

Terror attacks on Friday left more than 50 dead on three continents

'St Raphael’s chapel contains the Blessed Sacrament and Mass is celebrated weekly. It is well used and highly valued by patients, staff and visitors at the hospital' (Photo: Mazur/

Catholics protest over plan to turn hospital chapel into Muslim prayer room

Nearly 5,000 people sign petition

Pope Francis gestures during yesterday's Angelus address (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/06/15

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

Pope Francis presides at the ordinary public consistory (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

Pope approves canonisation of St Thérèse’s parents

Francis approves decrees allowing for the canonisation of Louis and Zélie Martin

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

Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage ‘a tragic error’, says archbishop

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

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's Square earlier this year (PA)

Vatican official hopes historic Palestine agreement will be ‘stimulus’ for peace

Archbishop Gallagher makes call for two-state solution ‘as soon as possible’

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako made the dramatic proposal this week (CNS)

Patriarch calls for Iraqi churches to unite after centuries of division

Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the East

A detail from The Crucifixion of St Peter by Caravaggio

The heroism of St Peter and St Paul still has great power to win souls

The good example set by the two great saints must never be underestimated

Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in New York (CNS)

Books blog: Dorothy Day showed what can be achieved when complete trust is placed in God

A 75th anniversary edition of the inspirational author’s House of Hospitality has been published

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

Synods are now for the many, not just the privileged few

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/

Was Walsingham founded by the last Queen of Anglo-Saxon England?

One investigation suggests that the visionary who inspired the shrine was none other than King Harold’s wife, Edith the Fair


Podcast: What’s really going to happen at this October’s family synod?

Fr Mark Drew dissects the synod’s working document


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‘Lock them up and throw away the key’ is now a staple comment of crime victims (PA)

Ex-convicts don’t stand a chance in Britain

We should all think, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’, rather more often than we do

Francis won’t allow us to take refuge in ignorance or uncertainty on the environment (CNS)

The Pope’s critics are acting like children

The environmental encyclical makes us squirm because it exposes our greed and recklessness with the powerful searchlight of the Gospel

A man kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston (AP)

No sanctuary from the slaughter

The massacre in Charleston garnered worldwide attention, yet the phenomenon of sacrilegious violence is global and growing

Frozen sperm stored at a clinic in New York (Photo: CNS)

Men are being urged to freeze their sperm at 18. We all stand to lose if that becomes the norm

‘Sperm banking’ will only encourage men and women to put off marriage for longer

The website of the Missionaries of the Poor

Vatican recognition gives boost to ‘Mother Teresa of the Caribbean’

Fr Richard Ho Lung’s dynamic Missionaries of the Poor are spreading around the world

An Ebola sensitisation campaign painted on a wall in the Liberian capital Monrovia (CNS)

As a missionary in Ebola-struck Liberia, I was terrified this Easter

I quarantined myself after baptising 27 people, including two Ebola survivors, at the Easter Vigil