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Much-loved Fr Dennis Higgins has caused a storm over his apparent remarks to children. But why are we obsessed by the figure of a great fat man bearing presents?

In many parts of the world, slavery is still common

On the questions of ISIS and Armenia, President Erdogan seemed to be given a pass by the Pope

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

The Church in Africa has a sharp understanding of the transcendent and sacred

The show wants to make religion more accessible to a wider audience, but by doing so removes anything challenging from the faith

In much of the continent Catholicism is seen as failing the poor

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result