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Fr Mark Drew on the unanswered questions that are straining Church unity

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Don’t leave the battle for religious freedom to populists, pleads Philip Booth

Cora Sherlock on why pro-lifers in Ireland are finding reasons to be cheerful

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Madeleine Teahan looks inside France’s unexpected Catholic revolution

Blessed are the poor – so where does that leave me? asks Melanie McDonagh

Bess Twiston Davies reports from Kurdistan on how Christians are surviving

Clara Watson says an embryo is a human being, and worthy of our love

Can the wolf live with the lamb in our troubled times? asks Mgr John Armitage

Mary Kenny on why her French cousins are excited by François Fillon

Peter Mullen analyses TS Eliot’s powerful and ‘deeply Christian’ Little Gidding

The best of 2016: Our critics choose their books of the year

Pastor Iuventus says it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee

Damian Thompson loses at ping pong in Brighton

Perhaps, given the infinity of God, the world will never end, says Fr Ronald Rolheiser

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