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The devotion of Rome’s Christian Empresses to saints is a model for our hard-edged politicians

The fifth-century mausoleum of Galla Placidia is decorated with mosaics of Christ the Good Shepherd and eagles symbolising St John the Evangelist

If only David Cameron could enthuse about St Edward the Confessor, say, or St Bernadette of Lourdes

Discernment groups are an excellent idea: they remind us lay people that we have a vocation too

Participants at an Invocation weekend at St Mary's College, Oscott (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Let’s hope they put an end to Shine Jesus Shine and X Factor-style retreats

The Cross is ‘a requirement of the Christian faith’

Bishop Ali has defended our right to wear the Cross  AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Perhaps it is time we followed the example of Bishop Nazir Ali and Cardinal O’Brien

Cardinal O’Brien often colourfully says what needs to be said; but his personal attack on David Cameron and his pronouncements on taxation were just embarrassing

Cardinal O'Brien with Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister (PA photo)

Senior Churchmen should stay within their area of technical competence

Africa’s problem is too much poverty, not too many people

Madagascar’s problems would not be solved by handing out condoms

How much harder it is to raise Catholics today than it was during the Pope’s childhood

Despite tremendous hardship, the Bavaria in which the Ratzingers were raised was a happy place

The sad story of Oceania’s patron saint

May St Peter Chanel bless all those who read this blog!

At 85, Pope Benedict is more inspiring than ever

The Pope pictured with his brother on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Seven years after his election, he continues to show great trust and humility

It’s a great pity that the Labour Party has forgotten its past

All political parties have forgotten their roots; perhaps that is why politics is so irrelevant

Melinda Gates is missing the point about contraception in the developing world

Melinda Gates is critical of Church teaching on contraception (AP photo)

Expensive birth control programmes come with an agenda