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Michel Houellebecq teaches about the consequences of hedonism. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Submission tells us a great deal about ourselves, and if we are to continue as we are, the future is hardly bright

A vandalised statue of Rhodes in South Africa. But will he fall in England too?  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Cecil Rhodes, for better or for worse, is part of our history

Members of the Missionaries of Charity attend a service marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in 2010 (CNS)

Her canonisation will be the Year of Mercy’s crowning moment

Many secularists would appreciate Advent (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

As the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says, we should have a more moderate Christmas

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