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The BBC asked me this twice in one morning. And the reason is simple: it’s a matter of obedience. Nobody said being a Catholic was easy

John Paul II, at Bellahouston Park, near Glasgow, in 1982, coined the phrase 'culture of death' (Photo: PA)

The last two popes have said it all: or should we keep quiet about that, too?

One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

The US bishops have put the new translation on their website

The new text is resonant and accurate: it puts to shame the translations we use at the moment

Mary Bale put a cat in a bin because she thought it was funny. But could you do the same? (Photo: PA wire)

In fact, I suspect that I might be capable of something much worse

A camp set up by the Pakistan Army for the thousands displaced by the flood (Photo: AP)

To begin with, where did President Ali Zardari get his personal fortune of £1.5 billion? I only ask

Gill and Gill sold everything from tools and tin tacks to scythes and wax candles (photo courtesy of the Oxford Times)

Gill and Gill traded under 20 monarchs and 76 prime ministers: now we are living in a new and impersonal world

A 1972 photo of the wreckage at Claudy (PA wire)

Imagine discovering that you have regularly received the sacraments from a mass murderer

Jon Venables, in a police photo from 1993 (Photo: PA)

But even if they believed him, they would still be out for retribution, not rehabilitation

This teddy bear T-shirt was sold during the Pope's trip to America in 2008 alongside the fluffy white "Benny Bear" (Photo: CNS)

Where, oh where is the gaudiness (and enthusiasm) we expect from Catholic tat?