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Bishop urges Parliament to reject ‘three parent baby’ law

Embryos under the microscope (PA)

MPs will vote on amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act on Tuesday

Embryos under the microscope (PA)

Bishop urges Parliament to reject ‘three-parent baby’ law

MPs will vote on amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act on Tuesday

A priest from the Diocese of Zhouzhi, China, celebrates Mass at a retreat centre in the state of New York. The priest has not been quoted in the article (Photo: CNS)

Priest urges Chinese Catholics to stay united in face of Beijing ‘defiance’

Priest speaking anonymously says Catholics reconciling in China is more important than the state of Holy See-Beijing relations

Priests arrive for the inaugural ceremony (Photo: CNS)

Priests hold inaugural ceremony for ‘ice church’ in mountains of Romania

The ceremony was attended by Catholic and Orthodox priests

Pope Francis greets Armenian president Serge Sarkisian last September (AP)

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St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

Vatican to provide haircuts for the homeless

Service organised by papal almoner to be offered on Mondays

Members of the Philippines military carry bodies of their colleagues who died in deadly clashes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (CNS)

Church leaders in Philippines call for peace process to continue after gun battle

A 12-hour gun fight between Islamic rebels and government troops took place earlier this week

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis: Church elites must not ‘privatise’ faith

Pope makes comments during Mass at his residence in the Vatican

Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs meet in Bkerke, Lebanon (CNS)

Christian leaders meet in Lebanon to discuss plight of Middle East refugees

The ecumenical meeting comes after clashes between the Lebanese army and Syria-based militants

One of the Millgate bedrooms

Bed and breakfast run to Rule of St Benedict named the world’s best

Millgate guesthouse in north Yorkshire wins coveted Trip Advisor award

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, accompanied by members of his government poses for a group picture outside the Parliament in central Athens (CNS)

Archbishop welcomes Greece’s new government

Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis called for patience following Sunday’s election result

Archbishops wearing the pallium at a Mass mark the feast of Ss Peter and Paul (CNS)

Archbishops will no longer receive the pallium in Rome

The Pope has decided that newly appointed metropolitan archbishops will be formally vested at a ceremony in their own archdiocese

Syrian refugees warm themselves around a fire  in Ankara, Turkey (CNS)

Religious leaders: Britain must take in more Syrian refugees

David Cameron asked to do more in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’

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Brighton College National Education Conference

David Starkey is right to bemoan British values, but he’s wrong on faith

The Professor shows himself the master of the soundbite when he describes British values as ‘queuing, drunkenness and loving pets’

Alice von Hildebrand, pictured in 2010 with the then Archbishop Raymond Burke (CNS)

The inspirational teacher who was far from a failure

Alice von Hildebrand uncompromising attitude to objective truth does not go down well in an age of relativism

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Will Ukip get a foot in the door?

Nigel Farage’s ‘insurgent’ party is gaining a following among the faithful – much to the consternation of the bishops of England and Wales

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is a former Catholic school headmaster

I was wrong: Ofsted is a real menace

It was a mistake to think that Ofsted could be relied upon to adopt a sensible approach to promoting British values in schools

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

Alex, centre, with his burial team (Cafod/Laura Purves)

The hero group: meet the team burying Ebola victims in Sierra Leone

‘I imagine that it is me lying there,’ says Alex Musa Koroma , the leader of a safe burial team supported by Cafod

Sir Winston Churchill's coffin being carried into St Paul's (PA)

Remembering Churchill: a leader who refused to follow convention

Historians will argue about his mistakes, but everyone who filed past Churchill’s coffin was certain they were mourning the passing of a great man

People pack the pews during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonisation of St John Paul II (CNS)

By sharing our faith we can start to change the culture around us

A new book sets out why evangelising is not the reserve of Protestants

The Telegrah reported that many babies were being aborted just for being girls

Now is the time to phone your MP about sex-selective abortion

A Bill seeking to ban the practice is not being supported by the Government – so MPs will have to fight for it

Stefan Zweig in an undated photo (Photo: PA)

Why did Stefan Zweig choose suicide when he had the chance of a new life in exile?

Without religious faith to sustain him he felt he had nothing left to live for

Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

Armed French police patrol an area north of Paris after the Paris shootings (PA)

The best way to disarm terrorists

What makes a jihadist and an IRA leader lay down their weapons? Not tough new anti-terror laws that offer us a false sense of security

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