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Lord Patten urges Vatican to accept sweeping changes to its media operation

Chris Patten (PA)

British peer offers scathing critique of the Holy See's current communications structures

The entrance to the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Cardinal hopes Francis will ‘deliver a warning to the world’ at Auschwitz

Cardinal Dziwisz says Polish bishops hope Pope will visit death camp during next year’s World Youth Day

Cardinal Charles Bo, pictured in January (CNS/Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters)

Cardinal urges Burmese government to show ‘mercy and compassion’ to Rohingya refugees

‘An immense tragedy is taking place on the seas of Southeast Asia,’ says Cardinal Charles Bo

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family (CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters

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Bishop Richard Moth (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop to Arundel and Brighton: at times of weakness we must focus on Christ

Bishop Richard Moth was installed at Arundel Cathedral this afternoon

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

Spokesman says bishops’ gathering was not about changing doctrine

German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to ‘enrich thinking’ about the foundations of the synod

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The Ashers bakery manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy last week (PA)

Christian bakery to appeal against Belfast court ruling

Ashers owners say they hope the law ‘will allow us and other Christians to live out their faith’

A statue of Mary and the child Jesus is carried in procession as Pope Francis leads a Marian prayer service in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Liverpool to see biggest Marian procession in decades

Archbishop McMahon and Missionaries of Charity are to lead hundreds of people through the city

Pope Francis reaches for a zucchetto thrown by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope urges engaged couples to take time for the ‘beautiful work of love’

The Pope says there is no such thing as an ‘express marriage’

Benedict XVI assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI given book claiming Francis is ‘vicar of the Antichrist’

Book containing claims about aliens passed on to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Cardinal Vinko Puljic unveils a statue of St John Paul II in front of the cathedral in Sarajevo (PA)

Papal visit brings joy to Bosnia, says cardinal

Pope Francis will be the third pontiff to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina when he travels there on June 6

Cardinal Bo, centre: 'Sadly democracy has brought in hatred, denial of rights to sections of the people' (AP)

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Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery outside Belfast County Court (PA)

Last among equals?

Christian teachers, hoteliers and now cake-makers are being hauled before the courts in the name of equality. It’s time the law was more flexible in taking account of religious beliefs

'In 2011 approximately seven trillion spam messages arrived in our inboxes' (AP)

When the Devil is in the email

The traps set by evil spammers can be hard to avoid

A pilgrim holds a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero during beatification (CNS)

The hate that created a new breed of martyr

The Church has recognised a broad category of martyrs throughout the 20th century

Lord Falconer (PA)

Lord Falconer’s message on assisted suicide is confused and dangerous

Lord Falconer is using Jeffrey Spector’s death to call for a change to the law. His comments show how far his agenda goes

A detail from Holy Trinity, a fresco painted by Luca Rossetti da Orta (1738–9)

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A man walks next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Why is FIFA so corrupt? A 14th-century Islamic thinker knew the answer

Ibn Khaldun offered a cogent explanation of why corruption thrives within close-knit societies

Despite constantly appearing on television, Pope Francis has said he never watches it (CNS)

Francis is missing out on a golden age of television

Here’s what the Pontiff has been missing since he gave up the googlebox in 1990

A painting of St Philip Neri

St Philip Neri: A saint who can fill us with joy

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri, a priest who gave spiritual direction in unconventional ways

A No vote is counted during last week's referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland (PA)

Books blog: Christians must stand up for their faith and not be cowed into silence

In light of the Irish referendum result, the faithful must charitably but firmly engage in robust public debates on marriage, family and society

Yes supporters pictured at Dublin Castle on Saturday (PA)

The Irish Church’s failures have caused its people to choose secularism over faith

Secularism has filled the vacuum left by the decline of Irish Catholicism

Pope Francis greets a parent and child last year (Photo:CNS)

There is nothing woolly about Pope Francis’s advice to parents

His support for firm punishment flies in the face of modern child-centred tenets

Salvadorans rally to pay tribute to the late archbishop in March (Photo: CNS)

Why did Romero have enemies at the Vatican?

Author Fr Ashley Beck says bishops who opposed his Cause felt betrayed by his shift against the ruling class