The Catholic Herald went to press at midday on Wednesday, so sadly Pope Francis does not feature in this week’s edition. Next week, however, we will be offering a bumper 24-page issue profiling the world’s first Jesuit Pope in full. This week, John Thavis says the Roman Curia has its share of quiet heroes; Conrad Black argues that Benedict XVI’s serene departure offers a lesson to our secular leaders; Damian McBride, head of communications at Cafod, gives a Lenten reflection; and, on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Mardean Isaac says the west has betrayed Iraqi Christians twice. Bess Twiston-Davies talks to the Britons who staged a Passion play in a tough American jail; and Fr Julian Large says the Oratory once used so many candles in its Forty Hours Devotion that a fire engine was kept on standby.
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