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'The idea that there is a lobby of masons at work in the Vatican is an old one' (Photo: CNS)

Should we be worried that Pope Francis mentioned a masonic lobby in his famous press conference?

The Coliseum in Rome, built during the reign of Emperor Vespasiano in  c.72 AD (Photo: PA)

A society in decline, religion as counter-culture, and mass immigration are just some of issues that link us to the Roman Empire

Pope Francis with Rio police: the battke against drugs is a huge burden on authorities (AP Photo)

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

A priest preaches in a northern Lebanese village with a painting of the beloved Saint Charbel in the background Photo: CNS

Who is St Charbel?

The Church should follow St Charbel’s example and fix its eyes on the Blessed Sacrament

St Bridesæ a beautiful church

Beauty is not enough for the Church

The National Churches Trust question about the nation’s favourite churches says much

Pro-abortion campaigners in Ireland (Photo: PA)

Laurie Penny writes of “basic bodily autonomy”, but does such a thing exist?

A man calls for the excommunication of US politician Nancy Pelosi (CNS)

The Church only ever uses the penalty as a last resort – a shock tactic to bring people back to God

A gay rights campaigner waves a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in America (Photo: PA)

The liberalisation of attitudes to homosexuality won’t make a difference to the vast majority of people

Fr Murad, who was murdered by rebels in Syria

Have we learned nothing from Afghanistan and Iraq?