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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, right, shares a joke with Sir Charles Darwin, grandson of  scientist Charles Darwin in 1958 (PA)

Many of the Darwin connections are people of the utmost note

A children's hospital in Belgium. The country has voted to legalise child euthanasia (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

A new dark step has been taken across the Channel

Pope Francis prays before the icon of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" (CNS)

As Pope Francis says, only God can teach us to accept His love

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui  (CNS photo/Sam Phelps, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/02/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A couple pcitured moments after becoming engaged in St Peter's square (CNS)

The Church trains priests for seven years. So why does it only prepare some couples for marriage in a single day?

A board shows the result of today's child euthanasia vote (AP)

Belgium’s chilly detachment from the sick and dependent is widening

Pope Pius XII (CNS)

The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?

Blessed Aloysius Stepinac was Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/02/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Charles Darwin: born this day (AP)

The more people asking ‘why are we here’, the better for religion

Hilary Mantel (PA)

Fashions have changed meaning literature and the Church are no longer comfortable bedfellows