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Diagnosed with terminal cancer, young mother Lisa Wells wrote a book that is funny, tender – and entirely without sentimentality

The founders of a Pentecostal megachurch who converted to Catholicism talk to Francis Phillips about faith, secularism and the abuse crisis

As ancient ‘brother-making’ rituals show, the closest bonds are those made in faith

The move would be a decisive break with Sacred Tradition, and lead to an exodus of serving clergy

February’s meeting has to do five things if it has any hope of making a difference

The embers of Catholic England survived the Reformation, strewn across the country

Peter was a cradle Catholic who lapsed from the faith. Years later, as he lay dying, came an extraordinary turn of events

People are expecting February’s meeting to fail – and not without reason

A cradle Catholic, Anthony Burgess put theological hope into his novels. But his most ambitious book isn’t the best example, says Allan Massie

Both popes were hailed as liberal reformers and laboured under huge expectations. But there are also profound differences