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Vatican forbids sale of would-be saints’ body parts

The new norms explicitly rule out selling hair strands, hands and teeth, which fetch high prices in online auctions

Vatican forbids sale of would-be saints’ body parts

The new norms explicitly rule out selling hair strands, hands and teeth, which fetch high prices in online auctions

Priests and seminarians arrested for singing Christmas carols in India

Extremists then attacked the priests who came to help them

Australia’s Royal Commission into child abuse attacks priestly celibacy

It also questioned the Seal of the Confessional

Polish Church launches English-language Twitter account amid growing international scrutiny

Secular media outlets are taking interest in the country’s increasingly conservative, Catholic direction

British Government refuses to say whether proclaiming divinity of Christ is a hate crime

Lord Pearson says the government refused to answer when he asked whether stating religious belief could be ‘hate’

Pope Francis: It’s not enough just to ‘be good’. You must go to Mass

Christians need to draw strength from the Eucharist to live out the Gospel, the Pope said

Vatican to launch revamped news site

Vaticannews.va will bring together audio, text and video, and will launch in six languages

Vatican denies that Pope Francis uses WhatsApp

‘Reports of the Holy Father using WhatsApp are false’

‘They will unmask me eventually,’ says author of ‘The Dictator Pope’

The pseudonymous ‘Marcantonio Colonna’ claims Pope Francis has seen a shortlist of six possible authors

Abuse survivor resigns from Vatican child protection commission

Peter Saunders said he was ‘disappointed that the commission didn’t do what I thought it was set up to achieve’

Bishop to sue alleged child abuse victim

The bishop, who was defended by Cardinal Godfried Danneels in a previous case, faces new accusations

School inspectors want new powers to tackle faith schools that ‘clash with British values’

Ofsted also said it is a problem that there is no requirement to register home-schooled children

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How I came to embrace grief

If you find yourself faced with unimaginable tragedy, how should you deal with this?

Why depict the Magi as three kings? This painting gives us an answer

Before God all worldly power is as nothing

If the Vatican wants to reach out the world, it should just stick to English

The revamped Vatican news site really only needs to be in English alone

Let’s not commercialise Our Lady of Guadalupe

There’s a danger the feast will suffer the same fate as St Paddy’s Day

This year, I’ve come to appreciate just how vulnerable the baby Jesus was

The Creed’s affirmation that the Son of God ‘became man’ has hit me with full force in the past few days

It is not ‘prejudiced’ to recognise we don’t all worship the same God

Mosques and temples might all witness to a longing for the transcendent, but that is where the similarity ends

Catholic of the Year: A generous man in a mean world

Wall Street investment banker, champion of the arts and human rights campaigner devoted to the poor, John Studzinski

How influential is Poland’s Catholic Church?

Western media paints Poland as a hotbed of extreme nationalism. The truth is far more complicated

How the Eucharist helps the lonely and the desperate

Difficult circumstances seem to make the Eucharist all the more powerful

The Adoration of the Shepherds is a great painting – but it belongs in a church, not a gallery

The painting, hanging in the National Gallery, has lost its true setting

‘The Dictator Pope’: a mixture of hearsay and insight

The anonymous book makes unproven claims. But some of its analysis is uncomfortably plausible

Paris’s new archbishop has a very unconventional background

Is this a sign of the direction in which Pope Francis is taking the Church?

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