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Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan (Photo: AP)

Paul Ryan, Romney pointedly announced, is ‘a faithful Catholic’ who ‘believes in the worth and dignity of every human life’

A scene from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

The truth is that love is not a purely private matter. Every marriage has a public resonance

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA Photo)

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St John Fisher as painted by Hans Holbein

How long, indeed, before employment in the public sector requires a profession of liberal principles?

Paolo Gabriele travels in the Popemobile in May (CNS)

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A 1999 production of Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Photo: PA)

And hope is not an illusion; it reflects my experience of the world. To be a Christian in faith and practice is to be genuinely human

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen

I still believe the speculation that that’s what Rome would have preferred was true

A banner at a papal Mass in Benin (Photo: CNS)

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

Benedict XVI greets faithful during this morning's general audience (AP)

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French President François Hollande has promised to legalise same-sex marriage

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