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European Parliament threatens Poland over pro-life law

The Polish Church has dismissed the threat

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/12/17

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Vatican must strengthen fight against financial crime, says Moneyval

Holy See promises to ‘further strengthen its efforts to combat and prevent financial crimes’

European Parliament threatens Poland over pro-life law

The Polish Church has dismissed the threat

Pope Francis calls for Lord’s Prayer translation to be changed

He said the line ‘and lead us not into temptation’ is a bad translation

Bishop to speak at parade celebrating Mohammad’s birthday

Bishop John Arnold of Salford said his presence aimed to show ‘we have more in common than what might appear to divide us’

Bishop condemns Nativity scene which replaces crib with rubber dinghy

Bishop Vecchi said that, while the inclusion of a boat might be justified, the crib was an essential sign of Jesus’ humbling Himself

Official pilgrimages to Medjugorje are now permitted, says Pope’s envoy

‘Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem.’

Young people should be ‘spiritual flamethrowers’, says Australian archbishop

‘You must have the awesomeness of an Australian bushfire, without the destruction,’ he said

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/12/17

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Papa Franciscus iuvenes hortatur ut linguam Latinam studeant

Pope Francis said studying Latin can help young people navigate life

Pope Francis makes two major episcopal appointments

The Pope named the new archbishops of Paris and Mexico City

Disgraced former Anglican bishop becoming Catholic to ‘live and worship in anonymity’

Peter Ball is reportedly in discussions about joining the Catholic Diocese of Clifton


Spe Salvi: A masterpiece of hope

Lyrical and creative, Spe Salvi is the work of a brilliant mind

Why would a Saudi Prince pay $450m for a painting of Christ?

Could it be a sign of hope for Saudi Arabia’s persecuted Christian minority?

The European democracy still haunted by the ghosts of famine

Ukraine is still recovering from the Stalinist famine

How Gregorian chant converted a Baptist to Catholicism

‘There’s something very solemn and very reverent going on in a way that I have never experienced in a Protestant church’

How big business is using your cash to undermine Catholic teaching

When buying ordinary products, you may be funding political causes you reject

Secularist ideologues are bullying American Catholics. Here’s how they’re resisting

The secular lobby targets Catholic schools and hospitals with lawsuits, but there is a fightback

‘The abuse I’ve received has been unreal’: An interview with Stephen Walford

A piano teacher with no theological training has found unlikely fame – and plenty of critics – after his defence of Amoris Laetitia

Don’t leave funeral planning until it’s too late

All too often, families don’t know what their loves one wanted. Tell them now – it’s a chance to witness to the Resurrection

Lego Mass set helps bring the faith to children

‘Father Leopold Celebrates Mass’ has become a successful ministry for one Catholic family

Spare a thought for the vicar who accused his flock of ‘grumbling’ and ‘sabotaging’ him

An Anglican vicar is being punished after writing a strongly-worded letter to his congregation

Do I have to go to Mass twice on Christmas Eve this year?

Christmas Eve falls on the 4th Sunday of Advent this year. What does that mean for Mass attendance?

Why trust in the clergy is plummeting

And what we can do about it