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A Saudi Arabian woman at a gift shop in Riyadh (AP)

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on St Valentine’s Day might be ridiculous but it is also understandable

Benedict XVI prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a candlelight vigil at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal (CNS)

The future Pope Benedict published a fraudulent text, these people say, to deceive the Faithful. Also, consecrating the whole world didn’t somehow include Russia. Strange, or what?

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Let’s stop falsely comparing the Pope with his predecessor

Benedict XVI (PA)

‘His eyes are bright and joyous,’ says Salvatorian Father Stephan Otto

The late Cardinal Hume withdrew his support for parish-based conversions in the early 1990s because of the opposition of some bishops (Photo: PA)

In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger then, ‘what are the English bishops afraid of?’

The shrinkage of the Church into a creative minority may leave churches empty in some countries (Photo: PA)

Or should the Church always have a place for less committed Catholics?

Photo: PA

Van Rompuy is right: Turkey is not, and will never be, a part of Europe

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas with President Hugo Chávez, who recently called the cardinal 'a Neanderthal' (CNS photo/Francesco Spoto rno)

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