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A barefooted pilgrim walks on his hands and knees to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His own life was a pilgrimage of joyful suffering towards a closer union with Christ

The Queen’s cousin has set a fine example to fellow royals and fellow Catholics

In It's a Wonderful Life George is saved by his guardian angel Clarence

Guardian angels come low down on the list of Christian beliefs, yet we should not dismiss them as ‘childish’. Abandon ideas such as this and the whole edifice of belief soon falls down

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the meeting with representatives of Catholic associations in Freiburg (Photo: CNS)

Much of the 1950s, Home Counties Church that I grew up in had become a matter of mere convention

Pilgrims at the World Youth Day closing Mass (Photo: CNS)

What John Allen describes as ‘Evangelical Catholicism’ gives me hope for the future

Members of the Women's Ordination Conference (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Una Kroll, ordained a priest in 1997, says ‘God gave me a direct push that I could not resist’

In 1933 T S Eliot said a 'large number of free-thinking Jews' were undesirable in a Christian society

Jewish poet Emanuel Litvinoff was horrified that Eliot’s anti-Semitic sentiments persisted after the Holocaust

The BBC's website refers to BCE/CE rather than BC/AD as it is 'religiously neutral'

If our timeline does not commemorate the birth of Christ it has no business to exist at all

Dr Richard Scott is being subject to a heavy-handed investigation by the General Medical Council (Photo: PA)

A GP faces a disciplinary hearing for suggesting to a patient that Christianity might help depression