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This week Robert Wagas explains why Putin hitting ISIS doesn’t mean he wants to save Syria’s Christians

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Fr Raymond J de Souza looks forward to serving as a ‘missionary of mercy’

Will Gore on Peggy Guggenheim, ‘midwife’ to 20th -century art

Pastor Iuventus says during the Year of Mercy we cannot make weakness the criterion on morality

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Is a prayer composed by Benedict XVI offensive to Jews, asks Madeleine Teahan

Patrick West thinks it odd that radicals should idolise Banksy

Siobhann Tighe meets the mother who forgave her daughter’s murderer

Dan Hitchens talks to the transgender Catholics who feel ‘written off’

Philip Booth says that the global economy is reducing, not increasing, world poverty

Mary Kenny discovers what’s holding Lebanon together

Stuart Reid worries that his pet spaniel won’t see Christmas

Stav Sherez looks up to the brave men who first climbed K2

The Church in Europe will survive the Middle Eastern influx, says Piers Paul Read

Fr Ronald Rolheiser says the closer we get to God, the more he seems to disappear