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Fr John Lee Tae-soek was once so scared of lepers that he hid from them, but he became their champion

Bishops have called Obama’s decision not to support Defense of Marriage Act an abdication of the Government’s constitutional obligation to uphold the law

Print edition 25.02.11

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week Phoebe Greenwood meets Fr Jorge Hernandez, the only priest in Gaza, along with his beleaguered and defiant flock; Mark Greaves speaks to Paul Maynard, a young Catholic MP with cerebral palsy; Charley James, a victim of abuse, writes about overcoming fear, shame and distrust with the help of clergy; and Ryan Service offers tips on how to improve a parish newsletter. Stuart Reid, meanwhile, finds out if ‘clown Masses’ are an urban myth, and Fr Robert Barron considers exorcism at the cinema.

St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Eighth Sunday of the Year Is 49: 14-15; 1 Cor 4: 1-5; Mt 6: 24-34

Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, a leading pro-life advocate died at the age of 84 on Monday in his New York home, after a long struggle with cancer.

Benedict XVI ‘asks God to relieve suffering’ in New Zealand after a massive earthquake kills at least 75 people, with 300 still missing

The papal visit gave a boost to Humanism

Catholics were thrilled by Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Britain. A leading Humanist journalist tells Ed West that secularists were too

Archbishop Smith says Church will oppose Government ‘in the strongest terms’ if it tries to make gay marriage legal