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We are becoming less violent as a species, argues Steven Pinker in his new book, yet that only serves to make the violence of enlightened peoples worse

Campaigners for women's ordination in front of St Peter's Basilica in Rome (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Campaigners such as Baroness Helena Kennedy think priesthood is all about power

The trashy ‘festivity’ of Halloween has risen to prominence because we are unable to face the idea of the “Church Suffering’

Conspiracies about the authorship of Shakespeare have fascinated for decades, but ultimately ‘only foolish snobs don’t believe in Shakespeare’

Dr Bernard Nathanson was converted by love, not insults. AP Photo

A new American film compares abortion to the Final Solution, but is such a comparison tasteless, and does it even help the pro-life cause?

MP Nadine Dorries wants to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks by 2015

Nadine Dorries would like to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks, yet as the mother of a Down’s syndrome daughter I could not support her proposal

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’