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… it just extends the old one, says Patrick West, who looks at Christianity’s influence on the game ahead of the World Cup

Sister Janet Fearns surveys the history of the Sacred Heart

The new Archbishop of Southwark talks to Anna Arco about secularism, assisted suicide and returning to his home diocese

Pontiff preaches message of reconciliation as tensions in eastern Mediterranean escalate

A martyred Polish priest was praised for standing against the oppressive forces of Communism when he defended human rights in his sermons during a beatification Mass

David Cameron appoints former governor of Hong Kong to key role ahead of Pope’s visit

The murder of 12 people by a lone gunman in the Lake District was a ‘senseless act of evil,’ a Catholic bishop has said

The plight of Christians in the Middle East is threatened by an “extremist current” of “political Islam” and is being ignored by the world, the Pope has said ahead of a new Vatican report

Author Moyra Doorly and theologian Fr Aidan Nichols continue to discuss the legacy of Vatican II. This week, they debate ecumenism

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, and extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Patrick Reyntiens is inspired by medieval treasures at Lambeth Palace; Hugh David wonders whether middle-class values are drawing people away from the faith; and Jack Carrigan suggests that Christopher Hitchens is more generous-hearted than you might think. Plus, Mary Kenny has some advice for the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, and Stuart Reid finds himself at a magistrates’ court for the first time in 50 years.