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This week, Stuart Reid meets Fr Stephen Langridge, the priest who doubled his congregation and is inspiring new vocations; Joseph Pearce says JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit contains a profoundly Catholic message; Melanie McDonagh argues that the C of E’s umbilical tie to the state looks more like a noose; and Fr Tim Finigan explains what the Church asks Catholics to believe, and what beliefs are, in fact, optional. Meanwhile, in our free 20-page supplement, writers in Bethlehem, Turkey and Lebanon guide you through Advent.