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Lord Steel: 'We are seeing a trend towards the attributes of the one-party state, where news bulletins are led by stories of what the Dear Leader has been doing.' (PA photo)

Lord Steel, in a speech to the Lords, laid several blows on the hitherto untouchable First Minister

Inquisition documents in the Vatican Archive. The reality is far less exciting than internet fantasists would have us believe Photo: AP/Arturo Mari, L'Osservatore Romano

Opening up would be the best way to tackle tedious but popular conspiracy theories around

A Massai man Fritz Pölking/DPA/Press Association Images

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ focused heavily on vestments. In contrast, during my time in an African seminary we (mostly) tackled the foundational questions of morals

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line

Polly Toynbee: committed to reasonable debate Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Religious-secular debate continues to be a dialogue of the deaf

Mexicans crowd around a relic and wax effigy of Blessed John Paul II at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Catholicism flourishes in this country  CNS photo/Keith Dannemiller

What we can learn from the Church in Mexico

Greene’s novel is a great argument for the faith, but so is the country in which it was set

A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Tijuana, Mexico Photo: CNS/David Maung

The faith of Mexicans is profoundly moving

The kingdom of saints is real to the people of this country

Dickens... not as good the second time round AP/Press Association Images

A very good novel can make a Mexican bus journey pass very quickly