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Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)

The People’s Republic of North Korea is surely the nearest thing we have to an Orwellian totalitarian state

St Teresa in Ecstasy by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome's  Santa Maria della Vittoria (Wikipedia)

There are profoundly differing visions of God in the world, and these dictate the sort of societies that we have built for ourselves

Papal infallibility is too often misunderstood (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope is only infallible when speaking on faith and morals, ex cathedra

A statue of Our Lady © Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

The power of grace will allow us to reach new heights of holiness this year

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life has released a report on the place of religion in UK society (PA)

Sectarianism is not a self-evident result of religious selection in schools

What would you prefer at your wedding, Pam Ayres or King David? (PA)

The bishops of England and Wales are right about secular poems at weddings

Saga from The Bridge

Why do crime fighters with psychological flaws continue to captivate television viewers?

David Cameron and President Francois Hollande shake hands after issuing a joint statement to the media at the Elysee Palace last week (AP)

Bombing alone will not stop ISIS

We have been bombing ISIS in Iraq for some time now, and it does not seem to have had any decisive effect

Martin Luther as an Augustinian monk. He began the Reformation almost five centuries ago

The Protestant revolution was marked by iconoclasm and the abolition of many spiritual practices. So how do we mark it without offending fellow Christians?

Not a terrible place to visit (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi)

If you have never been to Malta, you must go

The island hosts the Commonwealth heads of nations soon – but everyone should visit