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High altar reredos by Sir Ninian Comper at St Mark's church in Primrose Hill, north-west London

Think of all those great translations of Latin hymns

People in Warsaw queue for marmalade-stuffed doughnuts on Paczki, or 'Fat Thursday', before the start of Lent (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Newman says that ‘the very notion of being religious implies self-denial’: true, maybe, but not easy

Pope Benedict XVI and Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The crucifixion was caused by our own sins: that has always been mainstream Catholic teaching

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

The High Court said that Eunice and Owen Johns should not foster children because they believe homosexuality is wrong (Ellen Branagh/PA Wire)

We know about the European Constitution: what has the High Court done to ours?

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta holds a monstrance containing the Eucharist (Photo: CNS)

The Mass of Paul VI is unambiguously sacrificial, not simply a remembrance of ‘the Lord’s Supper’

President Barack Obama waves when he came to the graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 2009  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond

Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his 2006 visit to Turkey (Picture: PA)

Why are we still seriously considering Turkish membership of the EU?

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer thought life was futile - a view that became more prevalent after the Holocaust and the Second World War (PA photo)

Bernard Nathanson discovered ‘the humanity of the unborn baby': but there’s more to it than that

Iesu Communio was approved by Pope Benedict in December last year

The sisters of Iesu Communio are experiencing an ‘explosion’ of vocations