Melanie McDonagh

The fuss we make about giving up sweets seems ridiculous when a billion Muslims aren’t even drinking water. Catholics once took abstinence seriously

The modern tendency is to start and end Christmas early. Let’s return to our roots and celebrate until Candlemas

King Henry VI may not be a canonised saint but the miracles attributed to his intercession are legion

Our Christian duty in January is clear, we must carry on celebrating

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist

A salutary study of the state of Christianity in the United Kingdom

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

When Church leaders proclaim on matters of government policy they run the risk of coming unstuck