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Vatican: Ashes must not be scattered or kept at home

The urn containing the ashes of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (AP)

The new instructions were released on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Relatives of Argentine dissapeared during the Dirty War hold photos of their loved ones in front of the Congress in Buenos Aires in 2003 (AP)

Vatican and Church in Argentina to open ‘dirty war’ archives

The decision to make the archives available was taken at the express direction of Pope Francis

The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Italian bishops: Peaceful revolution needed to fix throwaway culture

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia (AP)

12 killed as Islamist gunmen target Christians in Kenya shooting

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House

The Irish flag is seen in late March on top of the General Post Office in Dublin (CNS)

World Meeting of Families 2018 to focus on ‘renewal of marriage and family’ in Ireland

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

The urn containing the ashes of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (AP)

Vatican: Ashes must not be scattered or kept at home

The new instructions were released on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pope Francis and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pictured during a 2013 meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis meets Venezuelan president in Vatican

The Vatican is stepping up its diplomatic role in Venezuela’s national crisis

A young man prays during a novena in 2010 at The Catholic University of America in Washington (CNS)

Knights of Columbus urge US Catholics to pray novena ahead of election

The novena is designed to help Catholic Americans choose who to vote for according to their conscience

The Pope urged Maduro 'to show courage in pursuing the path of sincere and constructive dialogue' (AP)

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Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, new superior general of the Jesuits, Pope Francis and Fr Orlando Torres, secretary of the Jesuits' 36th general congregation (CNS)

Pope Francis calls on Jesuits to go to the peripheries

The Pope addressed 200 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation

Mgr Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, assists Pope Francis during a Marian vigil in St. Peter's Square (CNS)

Papal liturgist says divisions over worship ‘distort the Mass’

Mgr Guido Marini said it can be better to wait rather than provoking more conflict

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company speak to the media at Belfast High Court (PA)

‘Gay cake’ ruling is a defeat for freedom of expression, says gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell said that the ruling set a ‘dangerous’ precedent

Archbishop Christophe Pierre (CNS photo/Mario Armas, Reuters)

Apostolic nuncio celebrates Mass for migrants at Mexico border

Archbishop Christophe Pierre celebrated Mass along the Arizona-Mexico border

Pilgrims walking to the 'Shrine Of Our Lady' in Walsingham, Norfolk carrying a wooden cross through the village of North Barsham, Good Friday (PA)

A pilgrimage through an English landscape charged with the grandeur of God

Francis Phillips interviews Catholic writer Joseph Pearce about his new book on a private pilgrimage

Ashers bakery, Belfast: the owners refused to place a pro-gay marriage slogan on a cake

After the ‘gay cake’ verdict, even secularists must see the law isn’t working

The Ashers verdict is bad news – but it’s also a chance to build a consensus

Families demonstrate at Westminster against plans for a new screening technique which could lead to more abortions of the disabled (AP)

Britain will never be an equal society as long as we allow disability-selective abortion

This form of abortion isn’t a ‘right’ – it’s straightforward discrimination

A three-year-old enjoys a Happy Meal at a McDonald's in San Francisco (AP)

Sorry, your Eminences, but Vatican tourists need a cheap option like McDonald’s

I understand the cardinals’ anxieties – but Rome needs an alternative to the overpriced cafés


Inside the Democrats’ Trojan Horse

Leaked emails show that Clinton’s right-hand man helped create Catholic front groups to inspire ‘revolution’. The fall-out is only just beginning

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Italian exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth, who died last month, in his office in Rome in 2012 (PA)

Writing about the Devil isn’t lunacy – it’s the purest realism

In its understated way, Fr Amorth’s final book reminds us that Satanism is no joke

Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has clashed with the ‘tyrannical’ regime in Venezuela (CNS)

The Church tilts south

With both the Pope and the Jesuit superior general now hailing from Latin America, the centre of Catholic gravity has truly shifted

Some ‘remarkably cool’ Sisters taught in Catholic schools in the 1960s (AP)

What I owe my ‘crazy’ nuns

Our nuns taught us that strong, well-organised women can run things without being bossed about by men

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow takes part in a reconsecration service at the Russian Orthodox Church in London, (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Why did we roll out the red carpet for the Patriarch of Moscow?

The Patriarch is acting as a roving Russian ambassador abroad

The late Graham Greene (centre, pictured in 1984, London) is a favourite writer of Sally Read's (PA Archive)

A poet’s journey from atheism to Catholicism

Sally Read explains why she thinks the Mass is a beautiful poem

A Bangladeshi policeman stands guard at the spot where three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked student activist Nazimuddin Samad to death in April (AP)

What the Catholic Church can teach Islam about responding to atheists

Unlike the lynch mobs of Bangladesh, the Church has nothing to fear from modern secularism