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The Magi, as traditionally viewed   CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Were the three wise men from China?

The Magi took two years to come from “the east”, far too long to be Babylonia or Persia, opening up the intriguing possibility that Christianity might not be alien to China

Apocalypto: terrifying, beautiful and macabre

Giles Fraser is wrong to say the film supports the Protestant heresy that sin must be paid for with pain

Pope Paul VI, with the future John Paul II  CNS Photos

The pope of my youth’s writing continues to resonate, with a faith as fresh as the day he penned them

Far from being chaotic, Late Antiquity was stable and confident right up until the late 5th century

One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

The Pope, last Sunday CNS photo/Paul Haring

Gaudete Sunday has returned to the mainstream of Catholicism

Confessions are heard at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

Why has the practice dropped off so dramatically here, but not in Italy, say, or Kenya?

A large Christmas tree CNS photo/Paul Haring

And why we should encourage children to make their own cribs

Candles decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Photo: CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?

St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence