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Pope Francis to canonise St Thérèse’s parents at the family synod

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin are to tour Portsmouth and Plymouth in May

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo (CNS)

Church leaders defend Oslo bishop against fraud charges

Norwegian Church spokesman says bishop is a ‘sincere and honest shepherd’

Vatican employees take part in a rosary procession in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

Number of female employees at the Vatican is growing

At the Vatican City State the number of women workers has doubled

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

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Cardinal Dolan was speaking during an interview with CNN (CNS)

ISIS is as Muslim as the IRA was Catholic, says New York cardinal

Cardinal Dolan says the actions of the two groups represent a ‘perversion’ of religion

The shrine of St Augustine designed by Pugin. Below: Andrew Lloyd Webber (PA)

Shrine to St Augustine receives grant from Andrew Lloyd Webber charity

Rector at Pugin shrine in Ramsgate, Kent, is seeking to build a visitor centre

Jesuit Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who was released last month (CNS)

Kidnapped Jesuit says he found joy listening to Vatican Radio

Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan last year says the voice of Pope Francis was consoling

Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Neglecting your elderly relatives is a mortal sin, says Pope Francis

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Pope Francis to canonise St Thérèse’s parents during family synod

Relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin are to tour Portsmouth and Plymouth in May

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Barry and Margaret Mizen pose beneath a notice wall inside their cafe, the Cafe of Good Hope, which they founded following Jimmy's death (PA)

Parents of murdered Catholic teenager to deliver address at Leeds University

Margaret and Barry Mizen will host the ‘Darkness into Light’ event at Leeds University

A view of Richard III's skeleton (CNS)

Latin Mass to be offered to mark reinterment of Richard III

A Requiem Mass in the traditional Latin form will be offered at a Lancashire church on the same day the king’s remains are reinterred in Leicester

A scene from Shades of Truth, featuring Pius XII wearing a yellow Star of David

The Vatican newspaper savages ‘clumsy’ film defending Pius XII

L’Osservatore Romano says Shades of Truth is ‘naïve’ and lacks credibility

Fidel Castro after taking office as Cuban leader in 1959. Below, Jessica Freeman-Mitford  (Photos: PA)

The age of falling in love with the revolution is over

The death of Cuban beauty Naty Revuelta Clews recalls an era when idealists were swept away by Left-wing causes – and Left-wing men

'It is one thing to deplore the translations of the Mass ... it is another to imply that the Ordinary Form of the Mass, as Pope Benedict XVI distinguished it, is intrinsically inferior to the Extraordinary Form'

Twenty-four parables that will make you feel uncomfortable

Fr George William Rutler gives the parables their bite back in his erudite and witty Hints of Heaven

Professional medical bodies are of little help to Catholics facing conscience issues

Wake up to the war on Catholic doctors

From midwifery to geriatrics, Catholics are being driven out of vast areas of the medical profession. We need to fight back now

Julie Andrews plays the hopeless novice Maria in the scintillating Sound of Music

There’s no problem with Maria

Bishop Williamson called The Sound of Music ‘soul-rotting slush’, but the film is actually a profoundly Catholic work of artistic genius

Richard III: a monster

Richard III fans are the medieval equivalent of 9/11 truthers

Richard almost certainly murdered his nephews. Why does he attract such a fan club?

Vladimir Putin pushes the myth about the way Russia is being encircled by the West (PA)

Putin and ISIS: When forceful lies are built on the ruins of truth

Benedict XVI spoke presciently about the ‘dictatorship of relativism’

A statue of Joan of Arc in France (CNS)

St Joan of Arc: Holiness beyond comprehension

A new book offers a fresh perspective on the life of St Joan

A stained glass window depicting St David

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ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Should we follow the example of James Foley’s mother and pray for ISIS?

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the newly appointed Archbishop of Malta (CNS)

The Church in Malta has a brave and tough new leader

The appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the new Archbishop of Malta is very good news for the Maltese Islands

Ideology can poison our minds

What turned Mohamed Emwazi into Jihadi John?

As with the Nazis, propaganda turned an ordinary person into a killer

A blood-spattered poster of Jesus Christ is seen inside the the Coptic Christian Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria (CNS)

A Way of the Cross in solidarity with the persecuted Church

A meditation for the intentions of refugees and homeless families in the Middle East