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The famous opening line to L P Hartley’s novel The Go-Between – “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there” – could equally apply to the United States of America, especially where abortion legislation is concerned.

Women are assuming leadership roles in the administrative headquarters of many of the dioceses of England and Wales and at the Bishops’ Conference offices in London.

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Proposals for a radical overhaul of the way the Catholic Church is run, using as a model the synodical system favoured by the Anglican Communion, have emerged from a seven-year study of the comparative weaknesses in the two systems of church government.

It is time Theresa May began to pull out of the long dark tunnel that is the “mad riddle” of Brexit.

Just when how best to handle Iran has become one of the top issues in foreign policy, thousands of people have rioted in the capital, Tehran, against rising prices and general economic misery.

Priests who sexually abused young people and church officials who then covered up the abuse have had a devastating effect on many thousands of lives.

This summer is the 50th anniversary of the anti-birth control papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, and a clamour of voices is to be heard declaring that Pope Paul VI’s teaching was “prophetic”.

Likening prenatal pregnancy testing to Nazi eugenics policies, Pope Francis set out his opposition to the screening of foetuses so that those found to be abnormal could be aborted.

The story of the Aquarius, a motor vessel used to rescue refugees, is a sign that Europe is heading for a refugee crisis this summer worse than any previously.

Peace between North Korea and the rest of the world, the United States in particular, is devoutly to be prayed for, as Pope Francis did last weekend.

It cannot be healthy when members of a household, including the household of the faith, are forbidden from talking about certain topics.

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