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Why do people assume that white-coated scientists are simply neutral – or benign - in the work they do, asks Francis Phillips (PA)

We have come to think that all scientific breakthroughs and discoveries must be viewed as ‘progress’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s dystopian reading material

Francis’s love of Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson highlights his appreciation of the power of the Devil

Alice von Hildebrand, pictured in 2010 with the then Archbishop Raymond Burke (CNS)

Alice von Hildebrand uncompromising attitude to objective truth does not go down well in an age of relativism

Sir Winston Churchill's coffin being carried into St Paul's (PA)

Historians will argue about his mistakes, but everyone who filed past Churchill’s coffin was certain they were mourning the passing of a great man

People pack the pews during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonisation of St John Paul II (CNS)

A new book sets out why evangelising is not the reserve of Protestants

Stefan Zweig in an undated photo (Photo: PA)

Without religious faith to sustain him he felt he had nothing left to live for

Pope Francis held a press conference on the way home from the Philippines (PA)

Pope Francis told reporters that Catholics don’t have to be ‘like rabbits’

An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

Bella Dodd and the Venerable Fulton Sheen (Photo: CNS)

Her story shows how easily the best human impulses can be twisted to evil

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope