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People pray at a Mass at Santo Nino church in Tacloban on the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

The region is still grief-stricken by the typhoon that hit just over a year ago. Only a figure like Pope Francis can bring relief

Young people perform a choreographed greeting during Pope Francis's arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila (Photo: CNS)

Filipino Catholics feel that Francis, like Cardinal Tagle, really cares about them

Pope Francis speaks to journalists during his flight to the Philippines (Photo: PA)

Or should we feel free to mock religions as we wish?

Bella Dodd and the Venerable Fulton Sheen (Photo: CNS)

Her story shows how easily the best human impulses can be twisted to evil

Pope Francis arrives at a session of the family synod last October (AP)

What Francis learned when he was shunned

This experience of exile taught the future pope that authentic sources of purification and renewal could be found there

Iraqi Christians attend Mass at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad on the 
first Christmas after the massacre of worshippers  (AP)

The war that no one wants to talk about

Unless we act quickly, Islamism will ensure that the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia are Christian-free within a generation

David Cameron admits to playing the ‘infantile’ computer game Angry Birds (PA)

Britain’s gutless churches are partly to blame for our synthetic, petulant outrage whenever we decide we’ve been ‘offended’

Actress Anita Ekberg  (PA)

Perhaps it is part of the human condition to feel stuck between la dolce vita and the years of lead

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope