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Pope Francis  (AP)

If the synod is badly handled we will have to live with the results for years to come

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III (CNS)

There will be no prayers for his soul at this interfaith farrago in the presence of leaders of ‘the world faiths’ and the archbishop of Canterbury

Pope Francis arrives for the general audience (AP)

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Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be

Cardinal Rodríguez: 'Further violence is never the answer' (AP)

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Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone

Iraqi Christians grieve beside the coffins of two  brothers killed in Mosul in 2010  (CNS)

The power of martyrdom gives Christians an edge over Islamists

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

A bride smiles during the joint wedding ceremony in St Peter's last month (AP)

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File photo of Pope Paul VI greeting children during Rome parish visit in 1968

Humanae Vitae upheld the sanctity of marriage despite opposition from inside and outside the Church