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The future Pope washes the feet of addicts at a rehabilitation centre in Buenos Aires (AP)

Book review: retreat, or surrender, is the worst possible response to a secular world

The Last Judgment by Stefan Lochner (c 1410–1451)

Review: Afterlife by Philip C Almond

A 17th-century Japanese painting of the Christian martyrs of Japan

Book review: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

A shrine in Auriesville, New York, dedicated to three martyred Jesuit missionaries (CNS)

Book review: American Jesuits and the World by John T McGreevy

Provo City Temple in Utah: Catholics and Mormons are 'united by a love of ritual' (Photo: AP)

Superficial similarity may hide more fundamental disagreements

A young man paints a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as part of the preparations for the 35th anniversary of Romero's death in San Salvador, El Salvador (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Blessed Oscar Romero was no political activist. As his country fell into chaos he remained a priest first and last

An Ethiopian church in Lake Tana: African culture has not always repressed women

A translation of ‘the first true biography of an African woman’ challenges lazy assumptions about the continent’s culture

Paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin examines a skull he found in China (AP)

How seriously should we take the French Jesuit as a Christian thinker?

A statue of ‘maverick’ Archbishop Mannix outside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

In this superb biography of Archbishop Daniel Mannix , Brenda Niall delivers an even-handed assessment of her subject

Books about the Holy Trinity don’t normally mention Heston Blumenthal (PA)

Books about the Trinity don’t usually mention Pinocchio or Heston Blumenthal – this one does…