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‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta

Sire, a longstanding member of the Order of Malta, was revealed as the author earlier this week

Confession is not like ‘going to the dry cleaners’, Pope Francis says

Confession is like God’s loving embrace, the Pope said

Pope urges revival of traditional devotion to Five Holy Wounds of Christ

‘Jesus Christ does not appear to his disciples without his wounds,’ the Pope said

‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta

Sire, a longstanding member of the Order of Malta, was revealed as the author earlier this week

Pope Francis calls mother of assassinated Rio councilwoman

The Pope spoke to the mother of Marielle Franco, whose murder has sparked mass protests in Brazil

Belgian priest: Vatican-China deal on bishops might really happen

‘I have never seen a more serious attempt to enter into a dialogue and to continue the dialogue’

Russian Catholic leaders pledge to work with Putin after election win

They called on him to ‘justify voters’ confidence’ after his landslide victory

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/03/18

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Dioceses edit photo of priest in cassock to make it look like he’s wearing jeans

Three French dioceses apparently doctored the image as part of a fundraising campaign

Pope Francis: people may receive Communion in the hand ‘where permitted’

Catholics can also receive while standing if they do so ‘with devotion’, the Pope said

Vatican prefect of communications resigns after ‘lettergate’

The head of the Secretariat for Communications resigned following controversy over a redacted letter from Benedict XVI

Bishop and priests arrested in Brazil corruption case

Bishop Jose Ronaldo and four priests were arrested for diverting donations and party funds worth about $600,000

Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August

The Pope will attend the world meeting of families during his visit


The scary truth about young Europeans and the Church

New figures show the scale of the challenge facing the bishops at this year’s youth synod

The Catholic who could succeed Angela Merkel

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer brings her faith into the public square. Will it stop her speedy rise to the top of German politics?

Picasso: The atheist obsessed with the Crucifixion

What inspired Picasso to create multiple images of this most Christian of events?

Lettergate: a PR disaster for the Vatican

The letter from Benedict has become the focus of attention. No one now cares about the books

Despite the controversy, we should never forget the good Cardinal O’Brien did

As one journalist said, Cardinal Keith O’Brien was not a monster, he was a weak man

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

The question is more complicated than you may think

Analysis: Was Benedict’s letter an endorsement, a critique – or neither?

Benedict’s past statements mean his letter was inevitably of interest

By embracing abortion, US Democrats have alienated Catholics

Pro-life Democratic candidates have disappeared, making it harder than ever for faithful Catholics to back the party

Did George Washington have a vision of Our Lady?

A children’s book recounts a popular legend

Blurred lines: Vatican manipulation of photo becomes the story

The Vatican media operation must be transparent and professional. Anything less is a disservice to the Church.

How the Vatican’s old guard clings to power

There’s a significant turnover of lay staff, but career clerics stay in position

Keeping the faith alive in the most remote parish on earth

Life on the island of Tristan da Cunha began with Napoleon. Today, it is sustained by faith