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On Thursday Pope Francis will have completed a year as Bishop of Rome, a year in which he has begun to transform the Church. But be in no doubt, argues our Rome correspondent, of just how wide and how deep go his aims for change
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Joanna Moorhead's column on breastfeeding (18 January) recalled a pleasant memory. During a teaching spell in West Africa I was accorded by our parish priest the privilege of Eucharistic ministry. Among the communicants approaching the table on my first service, without fuss or bother, were a number of young mothers with the child at the breast.
Accustomed to the dress code of the area I was not at all put out. On the contrary, I felt it a deep privilege to offer to the mother the Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord and through her to her little child contentedly sucking away at his mother's breast, feeding itself with no more understanding of that ineffable mystery than the mother herself or indeed, the minister. Only gratitude expressed on occasion by a contented burp.
Jim Malia, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight