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Patriarch Kirill will be trying to push Constantinople further into the shade (Photo: AP)

Francis is walking into a Russian minefield

The meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Kirill is unprecedented, but the Russian Orthodox leader will come armed with his own political agenda

Dr Bennet Omalu with Will Smith: ‘The NFL tried to exterminate me professionally’ (Photo: AP)

The Catholic who tackled the NFL

A new film tells the story of a Nigerian doctor who linked brain damage to American football. His faith gave him the strength to stand up for the truth

Sister Theresa dyed her hair and went off to college determined to be “an intelligent, urbane atheist who would show the world that being a good person did not require imaginary gods.”

Sister Theresa Noble herself abandoned the faith in adolescence – she now explains how love ones can be brought back

Refugees and migrants walking into Croatia. The continent is in crisis due to EU inaction (Kyodo)
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There is a strong Catholic case for Brexit

The Church is in favour of a strong Europe, but that is not the same thing as a stronger EU

'People who give up something pleasurable are often frowned upon for doing so' (AP)

Don’t be afraid to talk about your faith this Lent

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

A painting of St Apollonia holding pliers and a large molar (Wellcome Library)

Today is the feast day of St Apollonia, the saint who had her teeth knocked out by a violent mob

A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

Perhaps an unwillingness to consider such devotions highlights a lack of humility

Peter Saunders (PA)

The legacy of the abuse scandal is, in many respects, still an open wound for the Church