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A banner at a papal Mass in Benin (Photo: CNS)

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

Same-sex marriage rally

From climate change to same-sex marriage, fall out with the new moral guardians at your peril

London Olympics open

The numbers dying under the state healthcare provider belies its image

London Olympic Games - Day 0

An evening of wonder and spectacle could feature the industrial revolution without the Salvation Army

Dame Cecily brought compassion to the lives of the dying (PA)

Dame Cecily Saunders foresaw the threat of euthanasia and created an alternative

Philippines School Opening

Yet Malthusianism is as fashionable as ever

Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple, which ended with the mass suicide of 900 members (AP photo)

Even Christianity is not immune to spiritual pathology

David Cameron and Melinda Gates at the summit on family planning last week (Photo: PA)

Hundreds of millions of women apparently have an ‘unmet need’ for contraception. The concept is vague at best

Embryos are placed on to a CryoLeaf ready to be frozen (Photo: PA)

We, too, are complicit in this silence when the question comes up with friends and we say nothing

Perhaps an unintended consequence of this saga is that it has made us appreciate marriage more