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Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, a family of faith

TOMORROW, July 12, marks the feast day of Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux and the first married couple to be made saints together by the Catholic Church.

Honouring St Oliver Plunkett with the martyrs of yesterday, today and tomorrow

The 350th anniversary of St Oliver Plunkett's appointment as Archbishop of Armagh was marked on Tuesday with the unveiling of a statue in honour of not only the martyred saint but also those who have died their faith 'yesterday, today and tomorrow'. Archbishop Eamon Martin explains the significance of the new shrine in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

Cologne's cathedral to wisdom and centuries of witness

J. Anthony Gaughan
Visited by more than six million people annually and considered the world's largest building upon its eventual completion in 1880, Cologne Cathedral has been a centre of pilgrimage for centuries, writes J. Anthony Gaughan

A priesthood of all believers?

Sean O'Conaill
Ireland's Catholic bishops have been too slow to address the problems of a clericalised Church and a laity that often feels disconnected or is absent altogether, says Sean O'Conaill

Jean Vanier's life challenges us all

Diarmuid Pepper
The life of Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche who died in May, should inspire all of us to treat everyone with dignity and respect, writes Diarmuid Pepper

Europe must remember its history and protect refugees

Caoimhe de Barra, Trócaire
Donald Trump is criticised for how the United States polices its southern border, but equal attention needs to be paid to how Europe has responded to desperation in its neighbouring countries, says Caoimhe de Barra

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
The Vatican has formally opened debate on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

Finding a home in today's Church

The Catholic Church can feel like a tired place struggling to adjust to modern challenges, writes Brian McKee. A conference this month aims to replace the sense of frustration with one of hope

Book matters

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