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St John Paul II ‘had vision of an Islamist invasion of Europe’

Mgr Mauro Longhi said the former pontiff foresaw a 'mortal wound' to the Church in the third millennium

Bishops launch petition to ditch faith schools cap

The bishops of England and Wales are calling on the government to keep its promise

St John Paul II ‘had vision of an Islamist invasion of Europe’

Mgr Mauro Longhi said the former pontiff foresaw a ‘mortal wound’ to the Church in the third millennium

Workers need a ‘modern-day Cardinal Manning’, union leader says at the Vatican

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, says striking McDonald’s staff are in the same situation as dock workers 130 years ago

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/11/17

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Caldey abbot apologises over failure to report abuse allegations

The abbot acknowledged that historical allegations should have been passed to the police

Pope Francis ‘to visit Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia next year’

The visit is reportedly being planned to mark the three nations’ declaration of independence from Russia

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/17

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Pope adds meeting with powerful general to Burma programme

General Min Aung Hlaing heads the military, which remains highly influential in the country

ISIS group releases propaganda poster of Pope Francis being ‘beheaded’

The group has also warned of terror attacks at Christmas time

Pope Francis denounces ‘ideological colonisation’

It seeks to obliterate the past, eradicate cultural differences and leads to persecution, the Pope said

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/11/17

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Vatican Museums to organise joint art shows with China

The exhibitions will be an act of ‘cultural diplomacy’, the Museums director said

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Dr Finaldi is right: without knowledge of Christianity, we can’t appreciate religious art

Works like the Wilton Diptych would be incomprehensible to someone who knew nothing of the faith

We should pay more attention to the souls in purgatory

Help the Holy Souls through the Mass, the Rosary, the Way of the Cross and Eucharistic Adoration

Pro-choicers think the abortion debate is over. They’re out of touch with the public

The ‘no-platformers’ are trying to silence a conversation which, as polling shows, is far from over

A funeral Mass is more than a consoling memorial

People don’t like to think of Purgatory – but praying for the dead is an important act of charity

Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

Our schools are under pressure to accept radical new ideas. Will they succumb?

‘The belief context has become much weaker’: an interview with Gabriele Finaldi

The National Gallery director on religious art, family singalongs, and the Marian painting that survived the Puritans

If church schools won’t fight the cult of gender ideology, who will?

Gender relativism is an abdication of responsibility and a threat to the teaching of truth

Grace Mugabe is part of a long tradition of over-powerful wives

She may face a happier ending than some, however

Australia has voted for gay marriage – and religious freedom is already in peril

Social conservatives have found they are very much in the minority. Now their freedoms may be vanishing as well

A Christmas book that’s just far too cynical

Judith Flanders presents some fascinating cultural insights, but is too keen to play down the spirituality of the season

‘Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty’: a biblical jolt to our superficial age

From fashion to pornography, we are forgetting that we are bodies with souls

Why you should keep holy water in your home

Holy water can incite piety, put to flight the Devil and even bring about bodily health.

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