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Pope Benedict has quietly spoken (PA)

The ‘silent’ Pope Benedict has ways of being heard; and he is still being listened to

A group of teenage girls at a Leicester Square premiere (PA)

Underage girls are being fitted with contraceptive implants without parental consent: this has to stop

'Scapegoats are set apart as such to make society feel better about itself' (CNS)

It’s just as bad in the Church of England, and worse in society at large

Pope Francis (AP)

It went largely unreported: now, it should be constantly reiterated. If it is, this could be one of the great pontificates

Pope Francis delivers a speech at the European Parliament (PA)

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished

Benedict XVI, assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, arrives for Pope Francis's encounter with the elderly in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The joy of the gospel, says Pope Benedict, lies in the authentic truth about God

Cardinal Francis George gives a final blessing during a rite of welcome ceremony for his successor as Archbishop of Chicago (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Francis George would ‘really, really like to have a heart-to-heart with Francis': so too would many of the rest of us

Praising pupils can be harmful

The inevitable result will be to open Catholic teachers up to increased scrutiny, pressures and complaints

The Court of Appeal sits at the Royal Courts of Justice (PA)

Is that why the Church has so far been silent on the case the appeal court is considering? The judges have to decide whether the existing law on the status of the ‘foetus’ makes sense