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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on New Year's Day. (Photo: PA)

Six things to pray for in 2013

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

First day of new Parliament

… but man is not the measure of all things

Gay Marriage Amendment

How we made ‘choice’ a god

When this worthless value is the pre-eminent good, society suffers

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 9 - Los Angeles

Homeland’s debt to Milton

Are Al-Qaeda like Milton’s Satan, beyond reason, or are they motivated by something more accessible to our understanding?

WWII France Paris Winston Churchill And General De Gaulle

Happy 98th birthday, Fr Charles-Roux

A model of wit, kindness and piety, and deeply devoted to the traditional liturgy of the Church

The Union Flag unfurled. Soon Britons won't be able to agree on anything (Photo: PA)

The Guardian says that traditional English identity is disappearing. What will replace it?

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could not have foreseen how the Church would change (Photo: CNS)

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating


And The Godfather cycle is the greatest Catholic movie of all time

The pregnancy was announced on Monday     Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are clear patterns to royal baby naming

Benedict XVI leading Benediction of the Eucharist after a Corpus Christi procession (Photo: CNS)

Bring back Benediction!

The regular celebration of Benediction would help recover reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament