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April 28, 2016
Labour must have nothing to do with anti-Semites if it wants to be seen as a party of government
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What's really happening in the Catholic Church? Tune in and find out
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Seventeen cases were passed on to Vatican prosecutors to investigate last year
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Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schism
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The author weighed up the flawed reasoning of the head with the deeper wisdom of the heart
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Campaigners are urging the Vatican to abandon the tradition. They don’t realise how much it has already evolved

Plus: Charles Guthrie on the perils of pacifism
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✣ Suspended audit reveals battle at the Vatican What happened? An independent audit of Vatican finances was suspended. The audit, by the accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, had been announced four months ago. It had been recommended to the Pope on the advice of the Vatican Secretariat of the Economy, led by Cardinal George Pell. The postponement
April 28, 2016
1 Cardinal Vincent Nichols with the RE captains of St James’s Catholic Primary School in Twickenham, Middlesex. The cardinal blessed the school’s new hall, prayer garden and Stations of the Cross. 2 Mgr Keith Newton celebrates an Ordinariate Use Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Wolverhampton (photo: Antoni Łopuszyński). 3 Natalie Hatfield,
April 28, 2016
I can’t remember when last I shopped at British Home Stores – renamed BHS – but then I’m not a great fan of department stores. I prefer, where possible, small shops, which are more personal and on a human scale. But it’s always dispiriting to hear of people losing their jobs, and it looks as
April 28, 2016
When Pope Francis was elected three years ago, he made it clear that his first priority was the reform of the Roman Curia. He formed the “C9” council of cardinals to assist him in the long-term project of overhauling the whole structure of governance for the Universal Church, with the eventual aim of possibly replacing
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The film-maker Steven Spielberg has made some brave choices during his glittering career, but telling the extraordinary tale of Edgardo Mortara is likely to be one of his most challenging projects. In Bologna in June 1858, the six-year-old Edgardo was removed from the Bologna home of his Jewish parents. A former servant of the family
April 28, 2016
According to recent research by the University of San Diego, the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as atheists doubled to 22 per cent between 1984 and 2014, while the proportion of the populace who believe in or regularly pray to God has reached an all-time low. No surprise there, you might say. It’s a