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Your guide to avoiding a fête worse than death

No parish summer celebration is complete without a coconut shy                                          (PA)

The best parish fêtes offer something to delight all five of our senses. The worst are marred by nasty niffs

The English priests who taught Real Madrid a football lesson

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico's Arda Turan doing battle earlier this season (PA)

In 1907 the seminarians of the Royal English College at Valladolid thrashed the mighty Real Madrid

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

Was Isabella the Catholic really a saint?

Isabella was granted the title ‘the Catholic’ by a papal bull in 1496. Her Cause was launched in 1958 in the Diocese of Valladolid, where she died in 1504

Those promoting Queen Isabella’s Cause can’t ignore the horrendous suffering she imposed on the Jewish people

Cora Sherlock: ‘Many Irish people live in a dreamland about abortion’

Cora Sherlock

Mary O’Regan meets the softly spoken but steely campaigner seeking the repeal of Ireland’s abortion law