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Vatican: Georgia visit prevents Pope Francis from attending funeral of Shimon Peres

Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres pictured in Jerusalem  in 2014 (AP)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had announced the Pope was expected to attend Friday's funeral in Israel

Archbishop Charles Chaput amongst the bishops taking time to study the Pope's teachings (CNS)

Amoris Laetitia will inspire new ‘comprehensive plan for marriage and family life’, say US bishops

Bishops in the US say they are taking time to understand the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family

The group of five chaplains serving at the Ryder Cup 2016 alongside the Chaska police chief (CNS)

US clergy serve as chaplains during Ryder Cup

The group of five chaplains work with police officers to help those in need at the golfing event

South Korean activists shout slogans at an anti-nuclear rally (CNS)

Vatican spokesman expresses concern about North Korea’s nuclear programme

Following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, the Vatican fears for stability in the region

Pakistani Christians at a memorial service in Peshawar, Pakistan, September 22 2016 (AP)

Seven arrested after deadly attacks on Christians in Pakistan

Pakistani military leaders have arrested seven people in connection to two attacks targeting Christians at the start of September

Jesuit Father Orlando Torres, and Father Patrick Mulemi at a news conference in Rome (CNS)

Jesuits explain the process for electing their new superior general

The election of a successor to Fr Adolfo Nicolas is expected to take place in the coming weeks

Bishop Marcus Stock said he was concerned about the paucity of confirmed Catholics

Bishop of Leeds lowers Confirmation age in an attempt to increase numbers

Bishop Marcus Stock said he was concerned about the number of baptised Catholics who were not confirmed

Photo taken Sept. 14, 2016, shows the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Bani Zeid district of Syria's Aleppo. (PA)

Pope Francis condemns bombardment of Aleppo

The Pope decried the assault on Syria at his general audience after another night of heavy bombing in Aleppo

Pope Francis and Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz travel in one of the Volkswagen Golfs (AP)

Charity to sell cars used by the Pope to raise funds for Syrian refugees

The vehicles were used to transport the Pontiff during his visit to Poland in July

Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht, Netherlands, is seen in Cornwall, Ontario (CNS photo/CNS photo/Francois Gloutnay, Presence)

Dutch cardinal warns Canadian bishops about ‘slippery slope’ of euthanasia

Cardinal Willem Eijk addressed a meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

People gather in Anaheim for a demonstration against the death penalty (CNS)

California bishops urge voters to reject the death penalty

Bishops in California and New Mexico have urged voters to resist attempts to reinstate the death penalty

Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres pictured in Jerusalem  in 2014 (AP)

Vatican: Georgia visit prevents Pope Francis from attending funeral of Shimon Peres

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had announced the Pope was expected to attend Friday’s funeral in Israel

Chaldean Patriarch Sako: 'Maintaining unity will guarantee the defeat of extremism and terrorism' (AP)

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Bronze statue of Archangel Michael, Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome (Wuestenigel)

Five magnificent shrines to St Michael from around the world

Here are some of the most intriguing shrines to visit on St Michael’s Feast Day

Merchandise on sale at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool (PA)

A Catholic in Corbyn’s Labour

Could Corbyn’s leadership be good news for Catholic Labour voters?

Seminarians relax at the Society of St Pius X seminary in Econe, Switzerland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If we want better bishops we must first look at our seminaries

Seminaries need to be replaced with a new way of training our priests

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria (Gareth Gatrell/ITV)

The TV version of Queen Victoria does justice to a truly great monarch

Victoria was by no means a model constitutional monarch, but she remains a fascinating figure in British history

'Modern medical advances have made pain unendurable and assisted suicide a human right' (PA)

End of life care is in desperate need of spiritual renewal

In modern society, fear of God has been replaced by fear of death

Pope Francis hugs Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during a day of prayer for peace, in Assisi (AP)

The new Orthodox-Catholic agreement is a landmark – but there’s a long way to go

The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of work

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Sultan Murad III, the Ottoman Emperor from 1574 to 1595, and Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I’s Muslim ties ‘held off a Catholic invasion’, says a New York Times piece. It’s a myth

Sixteenth-century England did have links with the Ottoman Empire. But let’s not overstate their importance

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Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

In Germany, no one cares about hate crime directed at Christians

A play depicts a family campaigner as a zombie whose eyes are poked out. This is about more than one person’s good name

Pope Francis attends an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Assisi has run its course. Something more daring is called for

Peaceful people gather to pray for peace – it won’t sway those in favour of violence

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Tug of war over Amoris

Catholics are divided over how far Francis wants to change Church teaching regarding the remarried. But does he even have the authority to do so?

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