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Ed West

Ed West

Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends: The Extinction of Christianity in the Middle East, available here: http://goo.gl/YmTYjY

Church is enjoying a ‘Benedict bounce’, cardinal tells Pope

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: ‘You have reassured us that Christianity is alive and well in our countries’

Pope meets David Cameron

Photo: PA

The historic meeting took place this morning at Archbishop’s House, Westminster

Pope urges children to grow in holiness at first papal event in England

The Pope kisses a child before delivering his speech (Photo: PA)

Holy Father told gathering that ‘they must not just be good students but good citizens and good people’

Papal visit will be a great Commonwealth event, says Lord Patten

Lord Patten and Archbishop Nichols at a press conference at the Foreign Office (Photo: Mazur/CCN)

Visit organiser points out that Benedict XVI was more popular in Australia than the Olympics

Abbot and Sister take on ‘bear pit’ of atheists in debate over papal visit

London audience backed the motion ‘The papal visit should not be a state visit’

David Cameron’s favourite philosopher addresses Rimini conference

‘Red Tory’ Phillip Blond speaks at Catholic conference in Italy

Travellers set up camp close to Newman beatification site

Archbishop Bernard Longley meets travellers at a Mass in Walsingham last year

The travellers, from Ireland, say they hope to be blessed by the Pope but do not have tickets for the Mass

Europe’s leaders are too weak to stand up for western values and rights

The Third Battle of Ypres 1917. European culture has not recovered from the psychological trauma of the world wars

The psychological trauma of the two world wars is driving Europe to cultural suicide, according to a new book

The day that Peter Hitchens glimpsed hell

The day that Peter Hitchens glimpsed hell

Hitchens’s brother was an atheist, until he came face to face with a horrifying work of art

Roger Scruton is right to be suspicious of utopian thinking

Enoch Powell: Vilified

Utopian ideas are doomed to fail because they hail from ‘unscrupulous optimism’