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Pope Francis is heading to the land of arguments

Israeli border police walk by Christians on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem this year                     (CNS)

With the Pope visiting the Holy Land next week, Tim Stanley reports on the fascinating, troubled place

Why the GOP is banking on Catholics

Republican challenger Rick Santorum is one of two Catholics among the frontrunners to take on Barack Obama in the US presidential elections in November (PA)

The Republican Party used to be the preserve of Anglo-Saxon Protestants, says Tim Stanley, but it no longer shuns the Catholic ‘hordes’