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Day of the Dead by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

In trying to eradicate Purgatory, the Protestant reformers took from ordinary people their greatest comfort

Caravaggio's first version of the Supper at Emmaus

A poll suggests 40 per cent of British people believe Jesus was not a real historical figure, a statistic that highlights the Church’s failing to communicate with the public

Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times (AP)

The journalist can draw solace from St Bernadette, who refused to stay silent in the face of opposition

A stained glass portrait of St Augustine

After Mary Beard’s list of important Romans, here’s mine…

The gold statue of the figure of justice at the Old Bailey (PA)

All people, whoever they may be, are innocent until proven guilty and have a right to their good name

French soldiers secure St Joseph Cathedral after an attack by Seleka rebel fighters in the Central African Republic in July last year (CNS)

How can the Pope visit this troubled country safely?

Prime Minister David Cameron meeting President Xi in Beijing in 2013 (PA)

China continues to persecute Christians, but our hypocritical government will do nothing to hold President XI to account during his state visit

Giles Fraser said that we must learn to worship in tents not temples (PA)

The Reformation with its attendant iconoclasm stripped England of much of its numinosity

The visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales in 2009 (© Mazur/

It is time to invoke the prayers of Saint Therese of Lisieux and Saint Martin of Tours for world peace

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign