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An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

Benedict XVI prays in front of the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

Imaging expert rejects claim shroud was used in a 14th-century re-enactment of the Resurrection

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday (CNS)

Francis spoke to 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement

Our latest Christian Adams cartoon

After an ugly and jarring fortnight, the synod fathers are now back on course

Pope Francis with Cardinal Oswald Gracias (CNS)

During morning homily Pope says Jesus ‘did things the scholars of the law did not like’

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

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA Photo)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin speaks at child safeguarding conference

Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in 2012 (CNS)

Seven years ago Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberated the traditional Latin Mass from all restrictions

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis

Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day in Croatia (AP)

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’