Sat 1st Nov 2014 | Last updated: Fri 31st Oct 2014 at 16:19pm

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Topic: Chou En-lai

Do we really need to canonise our popes? Who counts more, St Francis, or the pope of the day?

The Catholic Church ‘thinks in centuries’ and this phrase rests on the received wisdom that time needs to pass before we can make a judgement on someone