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Christopher Hitchens, who died last week PETER FOLEY/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Christopher Hitchens was a magnanimous man who had many Christian friends

Servicemen in London hold wreaths honouring the victims of 9/11 (Luke MacGregor/PA Wire)

What struck me about these extremists was the sheer ugliness of their attitude

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during his visit to Ancona (AP Photo)

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Fr Joe Bayne says God’s presence was vivid at Ground Zero

Pope Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero in New York in 2008 (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, Reuters)

Under the leadership of Pope Benedict we have slowly regained our footing

New Yorkers celebrate news of Bin Laden's death at Ground Zero in the early hours of the morning (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Fr Lombardi responds to news that Osama bin Laden has been killed, saying ‘Christians should never rejoice at the death of a human being’

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, at a press conference in March (Photo: CNS)

Plans to publicly burn copies of the Koran are ‘outrageous and grave’, says Vatican council

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