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The Cuban leader claims he may come back to the Church, but is it nothing more than a canny move to shift the focus from the repressive nature of his regime?

98 years ago today, Our Lady appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco for the first time

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Andrew Roberts’ excellent biography of Napoleon Bonaparte should have been on the outgoing Labour leader’s reading list

Loudly proclaiming one’s beliefs as a way of ‘virtue signalling’ is nothing but moral posturing

About one in eight Tories won’t even admit their support to pollsters

This year marks the 750th anniversary of the death of St Simon Stock

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Bishops deferred to authority and priests and seminarians mainly followed suit. The lesson? That we must always speak out when our conscience is challenged


The economic crisis, corruption and political dysfunction have left the Irish longing for a vision of society that has more to it than property prices. Is the Church up to the challenge?