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Amoris Laetitia footnote contradicts Church’s tradition, says leading German philosopher

Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schism

Italian police and Carabinieri officers on patrol in St Peter's Square (AP)

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A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Catholics join forces with Russian Orthodox to rebuild churches in Syria

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

René Brülhart, president of the Financial Information Authority at Vatican City (CNS)

Vatican watchdog reports sharp rise in suspicious financial activity

Seventeen cases were passed on to Vatican prosecutors to investigate last year

Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Amoris Laetitia footnote contradicts Church’s tradition, says leading German philosopher

Robert Spaemann said Communion was a ‘yes or no’ question and that the Pope’s document could lead to a schism

Pope Francis has assured prisoners of his solidarity and prayers (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope tells prisoners: be certain that God loves you personally

In a letter the Pope urged prisoners not to be trapped by their past

Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with one donated by faithful at the end of the weekly general audience in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope’s zucchetto sold for £12,500 in 50 per cent price drop

The zucchetto was expected to be sold for £24,000

Forensic officers at the scene in Kilcronin Close, west Dublin, where a man was shot dead about two hours after a suspected dissident republican was murdered in a pub (PA)

Archbishop urges Dublin to ‘break the chain of hate and evil’

The archbishop spoke out after two people were shot dead in two hours

Cardinal Woelki: 'Prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels' (AP)

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Fr Hans Küng in his office in Tubingen, Germany (CNS)

Pope replied to my letter on infallibility debate, says Hans Küng

Fr Küng said he was ‘overjoyed’ to receive a personal reply

Pope Francis catches a garment thrown by someone in the crowd during his general audience (CNS)

True believers serve others, Pope says at audience

Christians are called to imitate the good Samaritan, Pope tells crowds in St Peter’s Square

Jesuit priest, Fr John Sullivan

Pope paves the way for beatification of Jesuit Irish priest

Fr John Sullivan SJ is one step closer to beatification

Teenagers play cards in St Peter's Square as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate a Mass for the Youth Jubilee (AP)

Pastors and laity should stand together for justice, says Pope Francis

The Pope said pastors do not have a monopoly on finding solutions to contemporary problems

'Labour MPs are saying things that ought to embarrass moderately sophisticated sixth formers' (Photo: PA)

Anti-Semitism is a psychosis – we can’t allow it to infect our institutions

Labour must have nothing to do with anti-Semites if it wants to be seen as a party of government

Cardinal Turkson said that it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter on Just War Theory (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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Novelist Diana Athill after she won the Bed Next to the Door award for her memoir, Somewhere Towards The End at the prestigious Oldie Awards in 2009 (Photo: PA)

Pro-lifers can learn from Diana Athill’s inner conflict about abortion

The author weighed up the flawed reasoning of the head with the deeper wisdom of the heart

We need a just war tradition that is clear and attempts to regulate modern warfare (AP)

Why we still need just war theory

Campaigners are urging the Vatican to abandon the tradition. They don’t realise how much it has already evolved

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Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") (Photo: CNS)

Reading the fine print in Amoris Laetitia

Is editorial mischief at play in the Pope’s exhortation?

Mesmerising: Géza Röhrig as Saul Asländer in Son of Saul, set in Auschwitz

Seeing the horror of Auschwitz in a single face

A startling Hungarian film shows how humanity can endure in the face of monstrous evil

Gianna Jessen was nearly aborted at 7-and-a-half months

The pro-life woman who should have challenged Hillary Clinton for the White House

Everyone should hear the testimony of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen

'The government wants to build thousands of new houses in the Green Belt' (PA)

The Green Belt is important, but so are the people who need somewhere to live

I do not want to see the Green Belt turned into a concrete jungle, but restrictive planning laws and environmentally-friendly policies come at a price

Rory Kinnear as Hamlet (National Theatre)

Look to Hamlet for a stirring critique of suicide

Take heart from one of the life-enhancing messages of Shakespeare’s famous play

Phyllis Bowman, right, with Ann Widdecombe

Remembering pro-life heroes

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