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Rageh Omaar host the BBC series, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (PA)

BBC series explores how the Suleiman the Magnificent submitted Sharia law to his own will

Westminster Cathedral, built by and for the Irish poor of London (CNS)

We do not want a middle-class Church

The Catholic Church in England has lost its working-class base

Verdi understood the love within families

The great Italian composer was the poet of father-daughter love

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba this week (AP)

The problem is not Muslims, but the theoretical underpinnings of Islam

People walk through the Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul (PA)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was right to make a sharp break with Turkey’s imperial past

The Independent seems to think the Holy See is just another dictatorship (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Talk of a ‘Vatican Spring’ misunderstands how the Church works

Pope Francis – photograph taken at Assis today (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

The Pope’s conversation with Eugenio Scalfari continues to intrigue

Pope Francis  (AP)

Catholic-secular divisions run deep in Italy, so the Holy Father’s interview with a leading atheist is curious

Benedict XVI drives past a picture of John Paul II in St Peter's Square on the day of the late pope's beatification (CNS)

The Catholic Church ‘thinks in centuries’ and this phrase rests on the received wisdom that time needs to pass before we can make a judgement on someone

We all are children of Romanticism

Fidelio tells us a lot about how liberalism has triumphed over its romantic roots