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The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

‘I was marching to the beat of empty, secular time. I needed to find a new approach to life’

He’s a practising Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. How on earth has António Guterres been appointed head of the UN?

The director was dismissed from the seminary as a young man. But his personal pilgrimage has never ended

This is a tale of anti-Christian persecution that speaks loudly and dreadfully to modern times

The next time someone claims that the 16th-century English Church was backward and superstitious, tell them about this ring

In the birthplace of Christianity, the different calendars used by churches mean that Christmas comes more than once a year

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

In this extract from his new book, the Vatican’s head of liturgy tells Nicolas Diat that we need to rediscover a ‘joyful and sacred fear’

Like many countries, Burma has been ravaged by sectarian hatred. But at an inter-religious meeting, I saw a flicker of hope