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

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

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

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

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

Expensive birth control programmes come with an agenda

Health and Social Care Bill debate

Rightly or wrongly, the prime minister and chancellor do not give the impression that they care about the poor

Joseph Ratzinger has always said ‘no’ to heresy: but only so the Church could say ‘Yes’ to God

Charles Colson gives his testimony in 2000 (Photo: PA)

Charles Colson went on to found the world’s biggest prison ministry

French Justice Minister Laurent Dominati during a discussion of the European Court of Human Rights (PA)

Tyrannical governments, unlike our own, just ignore the ECHR when they don’t like its judgments