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Pope Francis walks past an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus after laying a white rose in front of it in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

As Mary is, so all Christians should aspire to be

Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

St John Paul II (CNS)

Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at all

Egyptians protest against anti-Christian violence in Cairo, Egypt, in August (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A mob attacked Christian homes in Egypt merely because of a rumour that a church might be built

Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala (AP)

A Papal visit to Ireland will see the Pontiff enter into a a complex political situation

A crucifix hangs in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany,  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The Church in Norway and Germany should keep their distance from the state

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra: perhaps the greatest of our theologians (Photo: CNS)

Abandoning a belief in absolute moral norms would be a catastrophe for the Church

The Cloisters (Paweł Drozd/Wiki)

Amazingly, we do not seem to have a Museum of the Middle Ages in this country

William Trevor in 2002

The Irish novelist and short-story writer has died – his books are well worth discovering, if you haven’t already

'Are we entering a new era of glitz, glamour and showmanship?' Donald Trump and Nigel Farage

The president-elect’s penthouse, reminiscent of the palaces of Saddam Hussein, must give us all pause