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Provo City Temple in Utah: Catholics and Mormons are 'united by a love of ritual' (Photo: AP)

Superficial similarity may hide more fundamental disagreements

A young man paints a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as part of the preparations for the 35th anniversary of Romero's death in San Salvador, El Salvador (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Blessed Oscar Romero was no political activist. As his country fell into chaos he remained a priest first and last

An Ethiopian church in Lake Tana: African culture has not always repressed women

A translation of ‘the first true biography of an African woman’ challenges lazy assumptions about the continent’s culture

Paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin examines a skull he found in China (AP)

How seriously should we take the French Jesuit as a Christian thinker?

A statue of ‘maverick’ Archbishop Mannix outside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

In this superb biography of Archbishop Daniel Mannix , Brenda Niall delivers an even-handed assessment of her subject

Books about the Holy Trinity don’t normally mention Heston Blumenthal (PA)

Books about the Trinity don’t usually mention Pinocchio or Heston Blumenthal – this one does…

A scene from Cristiada, a film about anti-Catholic persecution in Mexico

A chronicle of the period between 1910 and 1929 when so many Mexican Catholics endured banishment and persecution

A view of Downside Abbey  in Stratton-on-the- Fosse, Somerset

An warm account of significant figures with close links to the English Benedictine community

Pius XI in 1933: four years later he denounced Nazi tenets in an encyclical (AP)

A new book captures the dilemmas facing three popes who were confronted by Fascism and Communism in the 20th century

The RCIA in action: ‘Catholicism is not a label but an identity to be achieved’ (CNS)

A scholar investigates whether the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults really works