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A lion at Bristol Zoo: parts of Europe once had a sizeable lion population (PA)

Nevertheless the Apostle gave us one of the best lion quotations in the whole Bible

Pope Francis hears Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Let’s hope that our churches are thrumming with activity

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, centre, speaks during a press conference (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The relationship between Church and State in Russia is far too close

An anti-euthanasia demonstrator in London

Canada’s euthanasia law is telling some Canadians that their lives are not worth living

Medieval Catholicism wasn't as miserable as The Renaissance Unchained suggested

Artists of the time were not harassed by perpetual thoughts of death

Pope Francis with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi during an in-flight press conference in 2014 (CNS)

Papal in-flight press conferences are counter-productive and unnecessary

David Cameron at a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schultz last week (AP)

Most voters will make up their minds by considering the European Union’s achievements, or lack of them

Pope Francis, right, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill meet at the Jose Marti aiport in Havana (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope’s soft words for the Russians will please Putin, not his victims

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