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How the charismatic movement conquered Brazil

Rio Archbishop Tempesta preaches at the foot of Christ the Redeemer (CNS)

Within the next two decades Brazil may no longer be a Catholic-majority nation

‘Beelzebub inhabits hearts in this country’

A server leads a procession out of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui in the Central African Republic. The cathedral’s rector was abducted in April (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic

Getting excommunicated is much harder than you think

A man calls for the excommunication of US politician Nancy Pelosi (CNS)

The Church only ever uses the penalty as a last resort – a shock tactic to bring people back to God

No, the Jesuits didn’t kill Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: a supposed target of the Jesuits

The Society of Jesus has inspired some of the most bizarre conspiracy theories you will ever read

Ben Summerskill: ‘We don’t think religion is evil or wicked’

Ben Summerskill receiving an OBE in 2009 (Johnny Green/PA)

In the first of our interviews with prominent critics of the Church, the Stonewall chief executive explains his views on same-sex marriage, the adoption agencies and Soho Masses