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Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for the world

The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new document

The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for the world

Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new document

Cardinal Burke (AP)

Cardinal Burke: it’s reasonable to be afraid of Islam’s desire to govern the world

The cardinal said the best response was to fortify the Christian foundation of our societies

Emergency services workers are seen in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters)

Don’t turn against refugees, German Church urges after axe attack

Spokesman for Würzburg diocese says the attack should not be used ‘as a general indictment against refugees’

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (AP)

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A portrait of Francis Jammes by J Gonzales de la Pena

Director appeals for funds to revive long-forgotten Catholic opera

A company is seeking to bring The Lost Sheep, a tale of adultery and redemption, to London for the first time

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis marries young deaf couple at chapel in his own residence

The Pope last presided over a wedding two years ago

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The inquiry found that promotion is denied to doctors with conscientious objections to abortion (Photo: PA)

Pro-life medics face harassment and discrimination, admits doctors’ union

Inquiry finds that doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are denied career choices

Patriarch Bartholomew I greets Pope Francis in Istanbul in November 2014 (AP)

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Carmen Hernandez (Neocatechumenal Way)

Carmen Hernandez, co-founder of Neocatechumenal Way, dies

Together with Kiko Arguello, Hernandez founded the Way in the 1960s

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, speaks during the conference (CNS)

Vatican speaks out against ‘growing scourge’ of child trafficking

The Vatican sponsored a panel discussion, Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth, at the United Nations

Guardini at Rothenfels Castle, associated with the Catholic youth movement Quickborn (de.wikipedia.org)

Archdiocese prepares to open Cause of Romano Guardini

The 20th-century German theologian has influenced both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

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The Boat Chapel at Duc In Altum, Magdala, illuminated at night

Why pilgrims are flocking to St Mary Magdalene’s hometown

In Magdala, pilgrims gain a unique insight into the saint’s life

'Mr Erdogan is frequently described as paranoid, but given the history of Turkey, this is not altogether surprising' (Kayhan Ozer/Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

An attempted coup is no surprise in Turkey. Just look at the country’s history

Turkey represents the other: it shows what a Europe without Christianity might have looked like

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the sanctuary in Portugal (AP)

Like the Fatima visionaries, we should meditate on hell

Reflecting on the horrors of hell can help us to avoid ending up there

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

The martyrs of Communism are the modern equivalents of St Perpetua

The author of a new study of Communist persecution tells me why these stories must be kept alive

"'I meet so many young people like you,' the priest told me, 'and it makes me terrified for the future of our Church'" (Illustration: Christian Adams)

Liberal Catholicism’s unexpected crisis

You might think that progressives would be rejoicing under the current pontificate. Instead, they are fretting about the future

A banner unfurled on St Peter's Basilica during the canonisation of Pope St John Paul II (CNS)

Francis has an excellent chance to heal his rift with followers of St John Paul II

The rift, which began with the joint canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII, is rarely spoken about in public

Ethan Hawke gives a weighty and complex performance as Chet Baker

Film: An appetite for hard drugs and soft jazz

Born to Be Blue stays true to its subject – a musician who conjured great beauty no matter how lost he was

The empty 15th-century tomb of King Athelstan at Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire

England’s lovable Christian warrior king

Review: Athelstan by Tom Holland

A Bible printed in Arabic, at the ancient monastery of St  Anthony, in Egypt (AP)

Many Muslims are finding Christ. We need to be ready to welcome them

Perhaps discussing the Scriptures is the best way in for Muslims

Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Beyond

Miracles boldly go where Star Trek can’t

Does the attempt to explain away miracles prevent us from fully embracing the love of God?

Pope Francis checks his watch as he talks with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Fr Lombardi: a tireless servant of the Church

In his time as Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi has encountered moments of great joy but also times which have required sensitive diplomacy

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano being escorted by a black-hooded police officer in 2006. (AP)

How to mislabel a ‘devout’ Catholic

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano may have been able to quote scripture, but that’s no indication of his piety

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