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Theologian draws spiritual lesson from the catastrophe

But Pope Benedict will have to live to 2020 to surpass the oldest pope in history, Leo XIII.

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa says population is dwindling

Experts study ‘The Martyrdom of St Lawrence’

Indian Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt takes up key post

Parents shocked by results of study

Message will mark World Day of Peace

V&A will display Sistine Chapel masterworks

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, and extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Jerry Tavares recalls the day he finally hugged the Pope; Fr Tim Finigan advises men on dressing modestly; and Jack Carrigan reviews two new books on Newman. Plus, Canon J John urges Catholics to take a stand against bad church coffee.

Pope Benedict expected to call a consistory