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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony

A Passion play in Panama (Press Association Images)

What does the cry of the people baying for blood during Christ’s Passion really mean?

Pope John Paul II with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1979

Why a new play about Pope John Paul II offers an original, thought-provoking perspective on the man who became pope

Pope John Paul II attends an interreligious encounter in Assisi, Italy, in 1986

The Devil’s Advocate has a necessary task but the late Pope’s virtues outweigh his faults and errors of judgement

An altar copy of the new Mass translation CNS

Instead of huffing and puffing about the new English translation of the Mass, priests should instruct their parishioners on why it is a good thing

Adolf Eichmann is flanked by guards in the Jerusalem courtroom where he was tried for war crimes (AP Photo)

His crimes were of the gravest nature; his life was an affront to the families of those who died in the Holocaust

In 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae (PA Archive/Press Association Images)

That was in 1967, the year before Humanae Vitae. I wonder what Barbara Ward would think now

Pro-lifers protest against abortion outside the Houses of Parliament (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

It might sound like a good thing but it is not as straightforward as one might think

Dr Francis Collins, who pioneered Hitchens's cancer treatment, is mentioned in the Pope's new book (AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite)

He suspects the scientist who pioneered his cancer treatment is praying for him, and doesn’t mind

Barack Obama walks past a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Barack Obama visited the grave of Oscar Romero today. That worries me