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Debate: Should the Vatican put more energy into public relations?

The Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, at a press conference (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican is often criticised for paying little or no attention to PR. At the same time many believe that a slick, modern PR office would hinder its mission

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A visitor looks at a display at the Memory and Human Rights Museum in Santiago, Chile (AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez)

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Public relations blunders leave the faithful confused

Malicious or ignorant reports do not only damage the reputation of ordinary Catholics; they also cause ordinary Catholics to lose confidence in their pastors

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Bill Gates speaks at this week's International AIDS Conference in Austria (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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Ampleforth church: a skilful blend of Gothic and modern

Photos: Brother Lawrence Lew OP

Its creator, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, also designed the red phone boxes in London

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Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas with President Hugo Chávez, who recently called the cardinal 'a Neanderthal' (CNS photo/Francesco Spoto rno)

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The stunning papal visit exhibition that never was

The stunning papal visit exhibition that never was

The V&A is putting on a unique exhibition of Raphael tapestries to coincide with the Pope’s trip – but another spectacular show seems to have bit the dust

So the Pope says the old Mass privately? Well, probably not

Pope Benedict adores the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican seems to have denied the story in 2007. Plus, there is footage of the Pope celebrating Mass, in the Ordinary Form, in his private chapel

The Beatles never entirely shook off the Catholicism of their youth

The Beatles grew up in Liverpool at a time when Catholic children learnt all the basic prayers by heart (CNS file photo/Capitol Records)

Their songs included powerful and touching hymns to Mary and to creation

I’m starting to think Melanie Phillips is right. Conspiracy theories are everywhere

A man protests outside the Bilderberg Group meeting in Sitges, Spain, last month (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

When I leafed through her latest book, The World Turned Upside Down, I thought she was exaggerating. Then two friends put me straight