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Nigel Farage (PA)

UK politicians who support Christian values could learn a lot from straight-talking Timo Soini

Cardinal Peter Erdo, the relator for next year's synod (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Peter Erdo, a leading canon lawyer, says the Synod will be based on Church teaching, not public opinion

Dame Judi Dench with Philomena Lee (PA)

The work done by Frank Duff highlights the fact that, although forced adoptions were widespread in Ireland, there were those who did much to help single mothers

Catholics pray before the Eucharist (CNS)

Thousands of religious are leaving their communities each year. One cause is ‘an absence of spiritual life’. This is a tragedy

Pope Francis greets a child during his visit to a slum in Rio in August (CNS)

Must Catholics be poor?

There should not be one standard for the clergy and another for us lay people

These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

Facebook has removed a clip of a women being beheaded after concluding that it 'improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence' (Photo: PA)

Viewing video clips of a decapitation on social media trivialises the violence. At the same time, there are sometimes appalling images that the public should see

Pope Francis speaks to the media aboard the papal flight from Rio de Janeiro

Does Francis’s attempts to reach out to lapsed Catholics risk sapping the motivation of those who sacrifice much in the name of faith?

David Cameron with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at Number 10 (PA)

Hungary is governed according to the kind of conservatism that has vanished from British politics

Hans Küng pictured in his office in Tübingen (CNS)

Professor Hans Kung has written he is ‘considering suicide.’ If he goes through with it, it would be a final step in a life full of small steps away from the Church