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Robert Harris: he has perhaps understood Pope Francis better than most Catholics

Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’

Salman Taseer, right, Governor of Punjab Province, listens to Asia Bibi, left, at a prison near Lahore. Bibi continues to deny blasphemy charges on which she was convicted to death in 2010 (AP)

An ‘ethical foreign policy’ would take action against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Cardinals and Bishops attend a jubilee mass where the appointment of 17 new Cardinals was announced (AP)

The list of cardinals reads like a Prime Minister’s resignation honours list

Pope Francis, left, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, arrive for vespers in the church of San Gregorio al Celio, in Rome (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Female ordination and sexuality are surface issues. The root of the problem lies in different views on Scripture and tradition

Data from Denmark showed that those on the Pill were more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than non-users (PA)

It has been many decades since the publication of Humanae Vitae, but it seems more prophetic than ever

A man holds a religious leaflet showing the priest Jacques Hamel during his funeral mass, outside the Rouen cathedral, Normandy, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Making the murdered French priest a saint will also challenge Catholics to ask themselves, am I prepared to die in God’s service?

Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II, left, greets Pope Francis during welcoming ceremony shortly upon his landing in Tbilisi, Georgia, today  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Pope Francis’s three-day trip is unlikely to be win-win

Seminarians relax at the Society of St Pius X seminary in Econe, Switzerland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seminaries need to be replaced with a new way of training our priests

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria (Gareth Gatrell/ITV)

Victoria was by no means a model constitutional monarch, but she remains a fascinating figure in British history

Pope Francis attends an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Peaceful people gather to pray for peace – it won’t sway those in favour of violence