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Callista Gingrich confirmed as US ambassador to the Holy See

She was nominated by President Trump in May

English bishop: you cannot be Catholic and support abortion

Bishop Michael Campbell said it was a ‘foundational issue’ for the faith and there is ‘no getting around it’

Population control is a ‘false solution’ to world hunger, Pope tells UN

Instead, he said countries should cooperate based on love, fraternity and solidarity

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US ambassador to the Holy See

She was nominated by President Trump in May

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Cardinals Marx and Sarah disagree on Magnum Principium

Cardinal Sarah says the motu proprio does not substantially alter the authority of the Holy See on liturgical translations

Ireland’s main opposition party votes to keep Eighth Amendment

Fianna Fáil members overwhelming opposed repeal of the Amendment which protects the right to life of the unborn

Pope Francis canonises 35 new saints

Thirty were martyred at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil

After 883 years, Cistercian monastery to close in Germany

Himmerod Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux, but closed due to lack of vocations

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Vatican court convicts ex-hospital president of diverting donations

Trial exposes ‘opacity, silence and poor management’ in handling of Vatican assets

Vatican: Canada did not seek extradition for diplomat wanted on child pornography charges

Mgr Carlo Capella was recalled after the US State Department notified the Vatican of possible violations of child pornography laws

Bishop: Western politicians damage African Christianity by ‘pandering’ to Islam

Bishop Matthew Kukah accused Western leaders of ‘turning their backs’ in Christianity


The closure of Himmerod symbolises religious decline across Europe

But there may yet be cause for hope

The teen who dedicated his life to eucharistic miracles

Carlo Acutis inspired an exhibition of eucharistic miracles from around the world

The Pope’s remarks on capital punishment need to be clarified

No Pope can overturn the Church’s teaching that the death penalty is legitimate. So Francis’s comments were puzzling

The urgent message of Fatima’s Third Secret

Even if the imagery is not to be taken literally, we should never ignore the call to repentance

The brilliance of the Fatima Prayer

The prayer reminds us of the reality of hell and the need for humility

Without a shared religious narrative, our society is done for

The future is one of social fragmentation where communities wall themselves off from one another

Fatima was the most important Marian event for 1,500 years

For the past century, the path of the Church has been linked explicitly to the Fatima apparitions

Climate of fear: the new crackdown on Catholic theologians

Scholars and clerics fear being punished for speaking out over Amoris Laetitia

How the Miracle of the Sun dazzled the sceptics

100 years ago unbelievers flocked to Fatima, hoping to see the Church humiliated. They were in for disappointment

Luther would be horrified by the world he forged

The brilliant German monk never intended to start his own Church

Without the Catechism, I might never have become Catholic

The Catechism, published 25 years ago today, is no dry-as-dust manual – as I discovered when wrestling with its contents

Banning the Christian Union? These students need to develop their critical thinking skills

If you want to ban anyone, you need coherent reasons that will stand up in the public forum