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Cilla: a delightful Catholic lady (Photo: PA)

Cilla’s funeral was always going to have a showbizzy flavour. But it needn’t have watered down Catholic tradition

Fr Robert Barron: the first Catholic priest who has truly mastered new media [CNS]

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

Lord Tebbit outside the Grand Hotel in Brighton (PA)

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

People attend a prayer service at an evangelical church in Leon, Mexico (CNS)

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

'You are really spoiling us': a tempting cluster of Ferrero Rocher

The family synod showed that the Church is still struggling to come to terms with the digital era

An actor plays Frédéric Ozanam in an advertisement promoting the Society of St Vincent de Paul's work

An experience at a hospital has made me realise just how extraordinary the Society of St Vincent de Paul really is

Online pornography can have a devastating effect on young people (PA photo)

Damian Thompson says that new technology is making temptation harder than ever to resist