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Catholic aid groups criticise EU response to migrant crisis

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers' boats

Pope Francis at the Pontifical North American College (CNS)

A third of Catholics in England and Wales will ‘become more green’ if Pope speaks out on climate change

Thirty-three per cent of Catholics say that if Francis makes an official statement on climate change, they would alter their lifestyles

Pope Francis (AP)

Issues of human life and family must not threaten ecumenism, says Pope

Pope Francis met Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, Sweden, at the Vatican

St Joseph Sister Monique Niraula joins two other women in packing relief material for earthquake victims at Assumption Catholic Church in Lalitpur (CNS)

Aid begins to reach remote areas in Nepal

Truckloads of relief material organised by Church charities has begun reaching remote areas after earthquake

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

Catholic aid groups criticise EU response to migrant crisis

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers’ boats

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new daughter (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Cardinal congratulates royal family on birth of Princess Charlotte

Cardinal Nichols says the arrival of a new princess is a source of joy

A Yazidi woman released by ISIS last month (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Nichols ‘deeply shocked’ by slaughter of 300 Yazidis

The cardinal, who visited Iraq last month, says he is praying for peace in the region

Francis greets the faithful during his visit to Regina Pacis church in Rome (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Francis's message is broadcast during the opening ceremony of Expo 2015 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Remember the faces of the poor and hungry, Pope urges Expo visitors

Francis delivers live video message at opening of Expo 15 in Milan

Pope Francis greets members of the Cursillo movement in the Paul VI audience hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Every Catholic needs to learn the works of mercy, Francis tells Cursillo members

Francis thanks Cursillo movement for ‘helping people encounter Jesus’ during hour-long audience

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

A visit by the Pope to Iraq is possible, says Archbishop of Erbil

The Pope wants to visit, according to Archbishop Warda, but his staff ‘would not allow him to at present’

Bishop Terence Drainey (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

St Joseph would have ‘downed tools to applaud Living Wage’, says bishop

Bishop Drainey says a Living Wage would bring dignity back into the workplace

President Assad, with an unknown cleric, inspects the ruins of a monastery recaptured from Islamists (Photo: CNS)

President Assad is a ‘good man’, says Syrian archbishop

Archbishop also says Church in Syria could disappear as a result of the country’s civil war

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Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, in Barcelona, Spain (PA)

The saintly architect who unsettles atheists

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways

Loving nature means loving God (CNS)

There’s no need to fear Pope Francis’s environment encyclical

A proper love of Creation is firmly rooted in the Bible

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce the newborn Princess to the world (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Let’s pray that the new princess will be named after a saint

Mary would be the very best name of all for the new arrival

Dawn Eden (Photo: Ron Santini)

Why everyone needs to learn what chastity really means

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, says chastity is not abstinence, but a virtue that can help us all love more fully

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury blesses Pope Francis during a private meeting at the Vatican last year  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Today’s doctrinal disputes may well seem irrelevant to future generations

Luther’s criticism of Aristotle does not seem important today. Nor will today’s political fads in the future

Catholics at a rally for religious freedom in the US (CNS)

The battle Britain’s Christians need to fight

Facing hostility from secularists at home and violence from Islamists abroad, the faithful should stop pursuing lost social causes and focus instead on defending religious freedom

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Always the smartest man in the room

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was one of the clearest thinkers and most direct speakers in the hierarchy of the US Church

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Tony Blair (PA)

‘Tony Blair doesn’t deserve the treatment he’s getting’

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor reveals why he feels sorry for Tony Blair and recalls the scandal that tested him at Westminster

A painting of St Catherine of Siena

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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It's all about Nicola and Nigel in 2015

Boring politics leads to the magic-wand politics of Ukip and the SNP

Politicians will not address the real issues, nor even meet the electorate – no wonder people look to alternatives

St Francis with the Animals by Lambert de Hondt the Elder and Willem van Herp the Elder

Books blog: St Francis wasn’t sentimental about animals and we shouldn’t be either

St Francis didn’t think animals were ‘almost’ like us – he loved them because they had come from the hand of God

19 priests lie on the ground during an ordination ceremony in Rome on Sunday  (Giorgio Onorati/Pool Photo via AP)

Young priests must feel free to express themselves

Pope Francise warned priests not to be like ‘peacocks’, but there’s nothing wrong with them taking pride in their appearance

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