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A man of Catholic tastes (AP)

The Society of Jesus had a huge influence on European drama at the time

Children raise their hands in front of a mural of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who died in 1947, at St. Bakhita Catholic Church in a displaced persons camp in Jeberona, Sudan (CNS)

In many parts of the world, slavery is still common

Survivors and their supporters sit next to photographs of the Bhopal gas disaster during a protest in New Delhi on the anniversary of the tragedy  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

‘The bodies lay on top of one another’

Mark Greaves talks to the Irish Sister who tended to the victims of the Bhopal disaster 30 years ago – at great cost to her own well-being

Pope Francis delivers a speech at the European Parliament (PA)

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished

Children in  a nativity play in a Catholic school (AP)

The end of the Christmas play would be a great shame

Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet's Christmas Carol

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence

William and George both appear in the top twenty of  most popular boys names in the UK in 2014 (PA)

European-wide Christian names were a product of Christendom

'Do No Harm' is an honest, humble and occasionally dramatic account of what it is like to do brain surgery (PA)

A new book brings home the fact that, among the desperately ill, Christians do not simply trust in surgical skill

‘My own veritable Joseph handed me his credit card and left me to it in Mothercare’  (PA)

This year I am experiencing Advent from a fresh angle, from Mary’s remarkable perspective as an expectant mother

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara (CNS)

On the questions of ISIS and Armenia, President Erdogan seemed to be given a pass by the Pope