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Pope Francis observes the Nativity scene in 2013 (AP)

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Vietnamese-born Bishop Long came to Australia in a refugee boat in 1981 (CNS)

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, giving a press conference in Rome in October 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Nichols said it was just a ‘new step on the pathway of holiness’

Demonstrators stage a beach party outside the French Embassy, in Knightsbridge, London, in protest at the French government's burkini ban (PA)

Are the French authorities right to try and ban it? I confess to being a bit torn on this one

Pope Tawadros II has suspended his weekly public catechesis in Cairo (AP)

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The Mossack Fonseca law firm, at the The Arango Orillac Building, in Panama City (AP)

The sheer volume of the Panama Papers will not only ensure that this saga will run and run, but it will also provide protection for many of those involved

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

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Not a terrible place to visit (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi)

If you have never been to Malta, you must go

The island hosts the Commonwealth heads of nations soon – but everyone should visit

Author Fiorella de Maria worked in a hospital in Jerusalem during her gap year (PA)

Fiorella de Maria’s We’ll Never Tell Them, set amid the two World Wars, is a perfect read for young people debating their future path in life

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