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A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

A team of medieval jousters practice before the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden at Traquair House in May (PA)

The fate of James IV of Scots seems to point to a tradition that left the Tudors inured to the mistreatment of the dead

Pope Francis addresses clergy at the Basilica of St John Lateran yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis speaks to the media aboard the papal flight from Rio de Janeiro

Sooner or later, Pope Francis will make a statement that the media decides is not ‘nice’ at all

Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured in 2010 (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

He might find inspiration in the lives of two other Church leaders who had similarly public falls

Children listen to Pope Francis's Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/13

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Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides

Nordic Hotels, one of Scandinavia's largest hotel chains, is no longer offering pornography to its customers

Petter Stordalen has demonstrated what a difference one person’s moral stand can make

Depiction of St Matthew (CNS)

St Matthew’s Gospel is not anti-Semitic

Though the words of the Gospel have been twisted over the centuries, there is nothing in this gospel verse per se that is anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish

Pope Francis meets a child in St Peter's Square (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/09/13

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