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Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Christians not to remain "prisoners of the past" (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Doctors, activists, clergy and academics will gather for a medical conference in Rome to look at the role of conscience in healthcare for mothers

A woman holding a rosary prays during a vigil with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 (AP)

The baroness is catastrophically misinformed about the Third World

Pall bearers carry the body of Pope John Paul II through a packed St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s report on the passing of the Polish pontiff from 2005

Pilgrims begin to fill St. Peter's Square on the day of St John Paul II's funeral (AP)

The atmosphere of prayer was palpable as tears flowed

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Pope Francis arrives at a session of the family synod last October (AP)

What Francis learned when he was shunned

This experience of exile taught the future pope that authentic sources of purification and renewal could be found there

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

Pope Francis delivers a speech at the European Parliament (PA)

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished

Pope Francis has said that theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real (PA)

The Church has a centuries-long history of promoting scientific inquiry