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The jihadist group now calling itself the Islamic State, which has terrorised religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, has declared its intention to restore the caliphate. Yet the extremists’ aims are remote from those of earlier Islamic rulers
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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is holding its annual meeting this week in Nashville, its first such gathering since a meeting with Vatican officials in April at which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) insisted the group pre-clear its speakers’ lists.
The perils of South Korea’s booming economy were at the centre of the second day of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the country, as he warned lay Catholics not to let “unbridled competition” marginalise the poor.
The disciples in woolly jumpers and the risen Christ with a watering can are just some of the unusual portrayals by the artist Eularia Clarke (1914-1970).
Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi called for David Cameron to recall Parliament in order to “seriously consider” authorising targeted military action to save the lives of religious minorities driven from their homes by jihadists in northern Iraq.
The 77-year-old nun who twice arranged for a provocative black Islamic flag to be removed from the gate of the Will Crooks estate in Poplar, east London has called for extra funding to help with training and employment for the area's young men.
The senior English Benedictine house is considering its future after the retirement of its abbot and the decision not to immediately appoint his successor.
The Vatican’s lead prosecutor on abuse cases has praised the media for keeping sex abuse cases in the public eye.
The Chaldean Patriarch in Baghdad called for the international community to “clear the Nineveh plain from all the elements of jihadist warriors”, warning that without drastic action the world would be responsible for allowing “a slow genocide” to take place.
Francis is expected to reach out to leaders in China as he flies over the country on his way to Korea.
Pope Francis’ personal envoy, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, has been dispatched to Iraq to take aid to thousands of Christians driven from their homes by terrorist fighters of the newly established Islamic State (IS).