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The Cardinal also said the decline of faith in Germany was ‘dramatic’

‘The Holy Father asks that we join in prayer that they may find God’s consolation and love,’ the Vatican said in a statement

The arguments against the Church’s perennial teaching are not impressive

Critics say that a new path to canonisation lowers the bar, but it is less revolutionary than they think

Charles Moore said he was glad Pope Francis had been elected, but that the Pontiff may be causing confusion

The cardinal also said there was a danger of excessive focus on the Pope

‘Sanction is doubled if the offence is committed in the presence of children,’ the sign adds

Liturgical squabbles, doctrinal rows, vicious public spats: the Church is once again gripped by a 1970s-style factionalism

Laying down one’s life for others is now a category under which a person might be beatified or canonised

People who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others will now be considered for beatification