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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II shake hands in 2001 (PA)

Mr Arafat was moved to tears by Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ

A scene from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (CNS)

The Crucifixion is a historical certainty. So how do atheists explain it?

Apocalypto: terrifying, beautiful and macabre

Giles Fraser is wrong to say the film supports the Protestant heresy that sin must be paid for with pain

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops (CNS photo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/12/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Archbishop Charles arrives at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul in Philadelphia for yesterday’s installation Mass (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/09/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI and Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The crucifixion was caused by our own sins: that has always been mainstream Catholic teaching

Mel Gibson on the set of How I Spent My Summer Vacation (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Yvette Vela)

Hollywood has turned against him: he has been dropped from the cast of Hangover 2

Hutton Gibson, with his son Mel (inset)

Militant atheists seem less likely than Christians to fall for wackadoo conspiracy theories

The theologian wonders why the Church is blamed for the actor’s misdeeds

Mel Gibson and his (former) girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in January (Photo: PA)

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that Mel is in trouble. And his Holy Family Church is not helping