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Young boy dressed as a vampire for Halloween (Photo: PA)

Halloween is a post-Christian celebration which compels us to buy things which we don’t need. We should return to our Christian roots and throw All Saints parties instead.

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Catholicism needs more emphasis on beauty

Mideast Syria

The regime hopes for a Paris-style solution to its rebellion

Benedict XVI reads a speech at Regensburg University in Germany on September 12, 2006 (Photo: AP)

How are we to evangelise Muslims?

We need to shake off the idea that conversion is cultural imperialism

VATICAN EASTER

Christianity does not contradict Middle Eastern culture

ITALY MAFIA TRIAL

These days it’s very difficult for someone to simply disappear

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church

Flowers lie in the place formerly occupied by Jimmy Savile's headstone (PA)

It is very hard for us to acknowledge the evil that lies plainly before our eyes

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

How to receive Holy Communion

The Blessed Sacrament is supposed to be consumed at once