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A detail from The Crucifixion of St Peter by Caravaggio

The good example set by the two great saints must never be underestimated

Pope Francis reaches for a zucchetto thrown by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope says there is no such thing as an ‘express marriage’

A page from John's Gospel.

The project, which includes 5,000 illustrations, took 10 years to finish

Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

Mother Winsome with Mgr Keith Newton on New Year's Day

This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could not have foreseen how the Church would change (Photo: CNS)

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating

Timeless     Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Unlike the pseudo-scripture of our age, the texts are timeless

Cardinal Ravasi also encourages priests to use Twitter (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Ravasi says priests should use dramatic stories and imagery from the Bible to add colour to their homilies

A scene from the 2007 film adaptation of Beowulf

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth