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Robert Harris: he has perhaps understood Pope Francis better than most Catholics

Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’

A Palestinian Christian bride enters the Church of Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during her wedding celebration in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Saturday Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Annulment chaos in the Holy Land

Many Arab Christians wanting to divorce resort to converting to another religion

Salman Taseer, right, Governor of Punjab Province, listens to Asia Bibi, left, at a prison near Lahore. Bibi continues to deny blasphemy charges on which she was convicted to death in 2010 (AP)

An ‘ethical foreign policy’ would take action against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

A cemetery for the unborn in Moscow. The inscriptions are what the unborn children might have achieved: one reads 'famous writer' (AP)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is among 300,000 signatories to a new pro-life petition

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, is depicted in stained glass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Staten Island, New York (CNS)

Today, the Catholic left is known for dissent. But we can hope for a politics that’s both radical and orthodox

Cardinals and Bishops attend a jubilee mass where the appointment of 17 new Cardinals was announced (AP)

The list of cardinals reads like a Prime Minister’s resignation honours list

Is the secular elite falling?

Find out what’s really happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis, left, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, arrive for vespers in the church of San Gregorio al Celio, in Rome (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Female ordination and sexuality are surface issues. The root of the problem lies in different views on Scripture and tradition

Take a look inside this week's Catholic Herald

What’s inside this week’s magazine?


Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald

A mother and daughter at an awareness-raising event for children with Down's syndrome in America (AP)

A child with Down’s syndrome is a living human being, with the same longing to be loved as the rest of us