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Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald

Pope sends condolences after Santiago de Compostela disaster

'It is, unfortunately, too late for the New Missal; it will be many years before we can think of replacing it with a new version' (PA)

Spanish ambassador to London attends Mass at St James’s

The saint who helped keep Christianity alive as the Roman empire crumbled

A statue of Germanus in the Église Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris

St Germanus of Auxerre (August 3) led the Britons in a victory against Saxon raiders

The Royal baby’s name? By George, I think I’ve got it!

The expectant couple: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (PA)

Royal naming patterns are conservative and predictable – but we can’t rule out another Princess Diana

Why we decided to interview Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill

Protester prepare placards opposing the papal visit to Britain in 2010 (AP)

Engaging the Church’s most vocal critics is risky, but ultimately worthwhile

Ben Summerskill: ‘We don’t think religion is evil or wicked’

Ben Summerskill receiving an OBE in 2009 (Johnny Green/PA)

In the first of our interviews with prominent critics of the Church, the Stonewall chief executive explains his views on same-sex marriage, the adoption agencies and Soho Masses

Coptic leader hopeful after Muslim Brotherhood removed in Egypt

Anti-Morsi protesters celebrate in Cairo today
(Khalil Hamra/AP/Press Association Images)

Persecution of Christians has risen ‘exponentially’, says bishop

After today’s suicide bombing, what fate awaits Syria’s Christians?

Christians are caught in the crossfire (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Damascus’s Christian heritage has a glorious past, a terrible present and uncertain future

It’s not just Jim Carrey – many of us have had enough of screen violence

Jim Carrey – has had enough of screen violence (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

Television and film violence has become too graphic, too pornographic and too boring

Pope appoints new commission of inquiry for Vatican Bank

Pope Francis (Photo: PA)

Harvard professor will lead inquiry into troubled Institute for Religious Works

Pope Francis condemns anti-Semitism

Pope Francis: A Christian caanot be anti-Semite (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis pays tribute to ‘greater understanding’ of post-Vatican II era