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Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA)

The Church may be quite good at handing out punishments, but seems less good in letting some sinners know they are forgiven

The Grand Mufti prays at a mosque in Riyadh (Photo: PA)

Unless Western powers show they care about human rights they will be exposed as hypocrites

Pakistani Christians pray for victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches on Sunday (PA)

The latest bombings show the Pakistani state to be weak in the face of terror and that the Taliban is still very much in business

St John's Church, Waterloo, South London

Once a place has been used for Muslim worship it is ipso facto a mosque

Kurdish soldiers in Kobani, Syria (Photo: PA)

The conflict is not the West’s fault. But Syria will not reach a solution on its own

'Richard III has a certain appeal, in that he is the centre of an historical whodunit' (PA)

What history obsessives get right

It is odd that Richard III merits star treatment but Britain’s obsession with its history does have its benefits

Fidel Castro after taking office as Cuban leader in 1959. Below, Jessica Freeman-Mitford  (Photos: PA)

The death of Cuban beauty Naty Revuelta Clews recalls an era when idealists were swept away by Left-wing causes – and Left-wing men

Vladimir Putin pushes the myth about the way Russia is being encircled by the West (PA)

Benedict XVI spoke presciently about the ‘dictatorship of relativism’

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the newly appointed Archbishop of Malta (CNS)

The appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the new Archbishop of Malta is very good news for the Maltese Islands

Ideology can poison our minds

As with the Nazis, propaganda turned an ordinary person into a killer