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St John Paul II, pictured in 1996 (AP)

That St John Paul II had a friendship with Prof Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka is no shock. Saints often have a genius for friendship

Peter Tatchell speaking at event at Westfield,  Stratford

Peter Tatchell is right, free speech is one of the most precious human rights and must be defended at all costs

A card with an image of Pope Francis is seen  next to images of the Our Lady of Guadalupe at a store close to the the basilica in her name in Mexico City.  (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlings, Reuters)

Pope Francis surely cannot fail to mention the 43 students who are still missing

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

Inside St Agatha's church in Portsmouth (www.stagathaschurch.co.uk)

During a visit to St Agatha’s in Portsmouth, I took part in the Ordinariate’s beautiful new liturgy

Chinese President Xi Jinping , left. His government continues to persecute the faithful  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Stop demolishing churches and stop trying to control Christianity – you cannot fight God

Cassiana Severino holds her daughter Melisa Vitoria, born with microcephaly at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazil talks of ‘a huge national mobilisation’ against the mosquito but this is likely to remain but a dream as the government has repeatedly failed the governed

The San Francesco di Paola in Naples

Despite the sadness and despair, and the traffic, the city remains a great jewel

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Notorious murderer Pietro Maso has revealed to the press his communication with Francis

Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within". He died in 2006, from poisoning (AP Photo/Alistair Fuller, File)

Litvinenko was a British citizen and our prime minister needs to show moral courage