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South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speech during the memorial service for former Nelson Mandela (PA)

Will the public barracking of the South African president mark the beginning of the end for the politics of wishful thinking in Africa?

Female dress codes are the most high-profile aspect of Islamic law (AP)

The ‘vigilantes’ of east London may have been Pythonesque, but the issue is deadly serious

Nelson Mandela, who died at the age 95 earlier today (Photo: PA)

The South African hero shows that even the secular world needs its saints

Simon Reeve

His new BBC series resists the contemporary habit of dismissing everything religious as either valueless or meaningless

Terry Sanderson of the NSS

The National Secular Society want secularism, but what does that mean?

Valuable real estate in the centre of town

How to argue with anti-Catholics

The Church is Fascist, the Church is Marxist, the Church is too rich – the same allegations come up again and again

U.S. President Barack Obama wears a gift from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (CNS)

In his apostolic exhortation the Pontiff is also brave to suggest that Islam has its origins in Christianity

We must think of new ways to build homes without resorting to hideous urban sprawl

What will a society where the minority are brought up in traditional families look like? (PA)

The Church used to discuss this important subject a great deal, but in recent times the talking has stopped

People venerate relics of St. Therese of Lisieux at the National Shrine of Walsingham (CNS)

What in the end is the point of relics?

To hate relics is to hate the historicity of the Incarnation