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Twenty years after it first aired, the clerical sitcom remains one of Britain’s best-loved TV shows – yet Catholics remain split over how relentlessly it pokes fun at the Church

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Cardinal Bagnasco may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but he raises pertinent questions over the persecution of Christians

The veil denotes our hallowed status as life-givers

A cardinal has suggested that someone could be admitted to Communion after remarrying, if they were to avow that their first marriage was null – but marriage is a public act, not a private one

A new book describes why Turkey is right to have an uneasy conscience over its treatment of the Armenians

Nicola Sturgeon may be right about Trident but for the wrong reasons

The National Gallery is staging an exhibition displaying the works of Cornelius Johnson, court painter to Charles I

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In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them