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Pope Frnacis made headlines this year when he embraced a boy with cerebral palsy (CNS)

The success of putting disability on display

We need to embrace the human race in all its vulnerability

Nelson Mandela (PA)

Comparing Mandela to Jesus is absurd

Even the very greatest saints in the Christian calendar, like Francis of Assisi, are only “Christ-like” insofar as they have come to reflect their divine Master

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski distributes rosaries in St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

It is easier to shuffle papers about charitable giving than to take to the streets and seek out the needy

Author EL James poses with her erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey (PA)

No great novelist should have to resort to explicit sex scenes

The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (PA)

Campaigning against abortion leaves Catholics open to hostility, but that’s more reason to take up the placards and join a prayer-vigil

Alison Davis

Obituary: Alison Davis

Alison Davis, who for 30 years was the representative of the SPUC disability group, No Less Human, was born on January 8, 1955. She died on December 3, 2013

Those who practice mercy do not fear death, Pope Francis has said (PA)

It strikes me that the push for euthanasia in this country is driven by a cadre of influential atheists with a fear of death

Pope Francis meets a child in St Peter's Square (AP)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan has proved himself in tune with the Pontiff’s pronouncement on abortion in Evangelii Gaudium

Commitment is difficult but rewarding

A new booklet on the decline of marriage should concern us

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey (PA) Below: 'Anglicans and Christians might as well be 'talking on the moon' (Christian Adams)

Buildings can decay, religious communities die but each generation invariably throws up new holy people who run with the torch of the Christian faith