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Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican earlier this month (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

Sir James MacMillan: a vital custodian of Britain’s Catholic heritage (PA)

The holy warrior with a baton

Sir James MacMillan has this year attained sublime creative heights as well as taken on nationalist interests that want to marginalise Catholicism

Mgr Hoey, pictured with Rowan Williams, was an Anglican for 79 years (mazur/catholichnews.org.uk)

Man of the century

After decades of illness and several brushes with death, the legendary Mgr Augustine Hoey is about to celebrate his 100th birthday

Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)

The People’s Republic of North Korea is surely the nearest thing we have to an Orwellian totalitarian state

A woman kisses the Holy Door in St Peter's Basilica  (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-MERCY-DOOR Dec. 8, 2015.

A number of dioceses have chosen to place their efforts under the patronage of particular saints and holy people

Immune to shame: Trump at a rally this week (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Republican candidate seems to be immune to public shaming

Bishops attend the morning session of the Synod at the Vatican (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis Phillips interviews pro-life doctor Dr Anca-Maria Cernea

St Teresa in Ecstasy by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome's  Santa Maria della Vittoria (Wikipedia)

There are profoundly differing visions of God in the world, and these dictate the sort of societies that we have built for ourselves

Newman Catholic school in Carlisle: Cumbria has suffered awful floods

In our school’s RE department flood waters reached approximately 7ft deep – most items have been irreparably damaged

Papal infallibility is too often misunderstood (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope is only infallible when speaking on faith and morals, ex cathedra