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Pope Francis  (AP)

Catholic-secular divisions run deep in Italy, so the Holy Father’s interview with a leading atheist is curious

Benedict XVI drives past a picture of John Paul II in St Peter's Square on the day of the late pope's beatification (CNS)

The Catholic Church ‘thinks in centuries’ and this phrase rests on the received wisdom that time needs to pass before we can make a judgement on someone

We all are children of Romanticism

Fidelio tells us a lot about how liberalism has triumphed over its romantic roots

An England cricketer walks off the pitch as Pakistan's team celebrates (AP)

Breaking off sporting links with Pakistan would signal our displeasure at the way it treats minorities

Women touch the coffin of a man killed in the Peshawar attack (AP)

Our Government deplores attacks on Christians but continues to support governments that make them possible

"The Return of the Prodigal Son," unknown artist, at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City (CNS)

Did Psalm 137 inspire Jesus’s famous parable?

Julie Walters plays St John, traditionally the youngest disciple (PA)

It matters that photographer Alistair Morrison has chosen Julie Waters to portray St John

Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured in 2010 (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

He might find inspiration in the lives of two other Church leaders who had similarly public falls

Depiction of St Matthew (CNS)

St Matthew’s Gospel is not anti-Semitic

Though the words of the Gospel have been twisted over the centuries, there is nothing in this gospel verse per se that is anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish

Pope Francis washed the feet of Muslims and Christians on Maundy Thursday this year (CNS)

We need to proclaim Christ in all his splendour and next to Christ crucified, the icon of Divine Love, we need to point to the icon of the perfect human response, Mary our Mother