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“Everyone panics when you try to do anything religious on the telly," said Downton's historical adviser

Downton is accurate in at least one regard in that it gives us a taster of anti-Catholic prejudice

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

A woman helps her son to kiss a sculpture of St John Paul II in Oviedo, Spain (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s leading article published on April 8, 2005, shortly after the death of St John Paul II

Anthony and Catherine Witczak and others leaving a synod session (CNS)

Several lay couples addressed the synod, highlighting various issues facing families around the world

Giles Fraser said that we must learn to worship in tents not temples (PA)

The Reformation with its attendant iconoclasm stripped England of much of its numinosity

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz addressed the synod today

Young people from Brazil pass on the World Youth Day cross to youths from Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place next July in Krakow, Poland

A detail from Christ and the Children by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

The 25th Sunday of the Year wis 2:12, 17-20; ps 54; jas 3:16-4:3; mk 9:30-37 (year b)

Benedict XVI (CNS)

Benedict XVI focused his homily on the importance of finding ‘truth, love and goodness’ in God

Moses insisted both on fidelity to the law and a willingness to enter into its spirit

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year, Deuteronomy 4:1-2 & 6-8; James 1:17-18 & 21-22; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 & 21-23