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Benedict XVI announces his resignation in Latin on February 11 2013 (CNS)

This is what it was like to witness the moment Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years

A pilgrim prays at the foot of a statue of Mary at the sanctuary in Lourdes (PA)

Like St Bernadette, we too can offer life’s trials for the redemption of the world

The recently appointed Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (PA)

Debt is a major moral issue, though one that has not received enough attention, given that the economic crisis we have been living through since 2008

The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

What secular historians of the Reformation have missed is that commemorating saints’ days in medieval Catholic England was a popular celebration of holy life

question time

Hunt’s tone reflects the contempt for Catholic education among a new generation of politicians

We need Catholics in Parliament, says Peter Smith (PA)

At the next general election we will lose a number of prominent Catholic MPs

Tristam Hunt talks of 'zero tolerance'

Tristram Hunt’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy to homophobia is a hint of the clashes to come

Francis appeals to young Catholic women who love Mother Church just as she is

Francis is the greatest ally women have

Following some unguarded remarks by the Pontiff, feminists are forming a queue to denounce him as a misogynist. Those who are really paying attention know that’s nonsense

Rare is the daily homily in which Francis does not offer a pointed criticism (CNS)

Is Pope Francis offering us a new model of how to be pastors, only slightly less quick with a lambasting word than with a loving one?

A statue of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

From the moment Archbishop Romero was killed it was seen by the people in the parishes of El Savador as martyrdom