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A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, filmed near Lake Toba in Indonesia

The best films of 2013

Executioners in Indonesia, astronauts adrift in space and a writer blocked in Rome have helped make 2013 a memorable year for film lovers

Ana Mendieta at Hayward Gallery.  Photo by Linda Nylind.

In its last week at the Hayward Gallery, the show explores the life and art of this brilliant, magnetic artist

Alison Davis

Obituary: Alison Davis

Alison Davis, who for 30 years was the representative of the SPUC disability group, No Less Human, was born on January 8, 1955. She died on December 3, 2013

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October  (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Ex-Anglicans break out of the ghetto

Thanks to Pope Francis the ordinariate is no longer only for former Anglicans

Mourners at a funeral in Cairo last month after 4 Copts were murdered by gunmen (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The crisis facing Christians in Egypt

Copts are paying the price for the failure of liberalism in Egypt, says Robin Harris

George VI, whose stammer was recently the subject of the Oscar-winning film, The King's Speech

Even Moses stuttered

Speech problems can actually help clergy, says Phong Vinh Nguyen

The desk where C S Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia (Photo: CNS)

C S Lewis came so close to Catholicism

Mary Forster says if he had become Catholic he might never have written some of his best-loved works

'Billy Bob Thornton, as secret service agent Forrest Sorrells, seems to have been asked to just look stern and march up and down corridors a lot'

Film review: Parkland

An attempt to depict the assassination of JFK through the eyes of the people who were there amounts to a dull historical re-enactment

Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

In a recent interview with the Herald, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, who died this week, argues the pen is mightier than the spade

US Army soldiers mark a landing zone north of Baghdad with green smoke

Modern military leaders ignore the insights of Augustine and Aquinas at their peril