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A detail from The Vision of Pontius Pilate's Wife by Sister Agnes Berchmans (James D Julia)

Along with The Diary of a Country Priest, Gertrud von le Fort’s The Wife of Pilate is one of my desert islands books

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

Pilate’s wife appears in one verse of St Matthew’s Gospel proclaiming Jesus’s innocence

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this morning's general audience (AP)

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A shopper browses Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher (PA)

If you believe that there is such a thing as truth, then you have to tell those who disagree with you, voters or not, that they are just wrong