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Thomas Merton: ‘You are undertaking trivial tasks,’ Evelyn Waugh told him (CNS photo/Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University)

The English literary master first championed the spirited Trappist monk and then grew tired of him

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

A tribute to the murdered journalists outside the French Consulate in San Francisco (AP)

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Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

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A capsule containing blood from Blessed John Paul II is displayed for veneration at the apostolic nunciature in Mexico City (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)

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