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'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

Dietrich von Hildebrand (CNS)

The Catholic who stood up to Hitler

‘My Battle against Hitler’ provides a splendid witness to Catholic and human values

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

The Interview, which fell victim to North Korean cyberattacks (AP)

Western liberals like to outrage and offend people who can’t harm them

When baby Mariam was born her mother laid her in a bed made from a plastic bag Below: Refugees in a camp near Erbil (Sahar Mansour)

In an Iraqi Christian refugee camp old men savour memories of Christmas dinners and young mothers anxiously nurse their newborns

Sister Nabila Saleh participates in Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza (CNS)

Hold the Christians of Gaza in your hearts

Cardinal Nichols reflects on his recent visit to the tiny Catholic community in Gaza

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

We don’t mind if the Daleks are Scientologists, but please don’t let the Time Lord turn into a secular bore

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

An attack on Lithuania might seem unlikely given that it s part of Nato, but Russia might risk it

The Dalai Lama (PA)

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

Pope Francis listening to Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, who spoke at the Vatican in February (CNS)

The Way’s founder, Kiko Arguello, has written a book that is dramatic, intense, and deeply personal