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The Madrid World Youth Day in 2011 will be ‘fully immersed in the internet’, say organisers

Europe’s leading human rights group considers moves to stop doctors refusing to be involved in abortions

St Gertrude of Helfta was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian

Vatican has its own bank to ensure independence and save costs

IVF pioneer opened ‘wrong door’ in fight against infertility, says president of the Pontifical Academy of Life

Pontiff speaks out against the ‘path of death’ of organised crime

Pope visits Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI condemns the mafia during a one-day trip to Palermo in Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI tells young people during a one-day trip to Sicily: ‘Don’t be afraid to fight evil’

L’Osservatore Romano said the offensive joke was a ‘sad’ example of the decline of public discourse in Italy

Print edition 01.10.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, pilgrims recount their experiences of the papal visit; Anna Arco speaks to Paschal Uche, the student from east London who introduced the Pope to a crowd of 2,500 young people; and Fr Christopher Jamison says that Benedict XVI, the teaching Pope, has left Britain with homework. Robin Baird-Smith, meanwhile, is astonished by the elegance and subtlety of Newman’s prose.