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The chief moral reason for supporting the Union is because we are committed to peace, Fr Lucie-Smith says (PA)

That the Union is not perfect is an obvious point but no human institution is perfect

Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

A boy hugs Pope Francis while he is trying to deliver a speech (Photo: PA)

A noisy child is a challenge for the whole congregation, not just for the priest and parents

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group (PA)

Islamic State is seeking to bully the world

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the victims of the celebrity photo leak (AP)

This may seem a minor matter, but it is not: it tells us a lot about our sick culture

Scotland goes to the polls this month

We are a family, and like any family have our differences

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis induction and predecessor Lord Sacks (PA)

Hatred of the Jews has never gone away, and we must do everything to resist its return