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St Peter's on the day of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation (CNS)

Prophecies about the end of the world have always been popular, but the current climate is fertile ground

Photo: PA

The common good depends on stable marriages open to life

The IVF process Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

With Sir Robert Edwards’s death we should still remember that ‘playing God’ brings problems

Radek Sikorski, Poland's Foreign Minister Photo: Press Association

Radek Sikorski, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has described Thatcher’s fight against Communism as a “moral inspiration”

Baroness Thatcher (Photo: PA)

Margaret Thatcher had her critics, Pope Francis can expect to have his too

Reagan and Thatcher in 1984 (AP Photo/Pool/Bill Rountree)

Along with President Reagan she helped to create a free Poland

Heaven, as imagined in Baltimore CNS

It won’t be endless beer and jazz in the afterlife

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi: as cool as a cucumber (AP)

Both Fr Lombardi and Pope Francis have the Jesuit gift of remaining calm under fire

Pope Francis greets US Vice President Joe Biden and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, at the Vatican

The British Canadian writer is unapologetic about his faith and we should follow his lead

Mary Magdalene, as depicted by Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ  (CNS)

The BBC’s Good Friday programme was tired and intellectually threadbare