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Mary Beard's new series on the Romans is mesmerising

Romanitas was the glue that kept the Empire together. The Church has something strikingly similar

Cardinal Karl Lehmann (CNS)

Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz said the rejection of lists of names showed ‘intolerable disrespect’ for a country’s Church

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

Italian police and Carabinieri officers on patrol in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope spoke at the event organised by environmental organisations including the Focolare Movement of Rome

Pope Francis greets Syrian refugees he brought to Rome at Ciampino airport (CNS)

Francis brought three Syrian couples and their children back with him from the Greek island of Lesbos

Pope Francis touches the face of 5-year-old Lizzy Myers, from Bellville, Ohio, at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Francis met Lizzy Myers, who suffers from a genetic eye disorder, and her family in St Peter’s Square today

Hilaire Belloc, one of England's most prolific writers  (AP Photo)

Jim Malia was inspired by Belloc’s outspoken Catholicism

Nuns and faithful hold candles as they attend the Via Crucis  service in 2015 (CNS)

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti meditations for the Good Friday service refer to modern martyrs killed ‘in every corner of the globe’