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A Christie's employee with  Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Joan of Arc

A new biography makes it clear that St Joan was not a hysteric or mentally unbalanced

Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS)

I had not the slightest hesitation in signing the letter, and I was grateful to the organisers for undertaking the task

Archbishop George J Lucas of Omaha (CNS)

A US district judge effectively struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage on March 2

Newly married couples kneel during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Bishop Mark Davies has encouraged the faithful to ‘speak up for marriage’

Francis walks past members of the Roman Rota at the start of the Vatican's judicial year (AP)

Pontiff addresses members of the Roman Rota at start of the Vatican’s judicial year

The US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

The court has accepted petitions from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio

Bishop Kevin Doran and Bishop Liam MacDaid (Photo: Brenda Drumm CCO)

Irish bishops issue booklet on marriage ahead of referendum in six months’ time

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

Pope Francis (CNS)

Speech delivered this morning at the conference on the ‘Complementarity of Man and Woman’

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis makes remarks in a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers