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On Heaven and Earth

Welcome to the first in a new series of Catholic Herald Podcast Debates.

Catholicism is more alien than other forms of Christianity to many people in secular society (CNS)

Whether it’s liturgy or social mockery, Catholicism is a difficult thing to join

Giulio Andreotti, right, would 'never tell you what he was thinking' (Photo: PA)

Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was nicknamed the ‘Eternal One’ of Italian politics. He was the opposite of bunga-bunga loving Berlusconi

The State Opening of Parliament. The same-sex marriage Bill is likely to be included in the Queen's speech today (Photo: PA)

If his ‘gay marriage’ bill is in the Queen’s speech, he will lose the next election

Seminarians in New York. A new study paints an interesting picture of the type of men joining the priesthood    CNS

Most are from traditional Catholic families are not afraid of traditional devotions, according to a new survey

David and Victoria Beckham with their children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn Photo: PA

We should return to the days when children were named after saints rather than following the example of celebrities

Ed Miliband and Hastings parliamentry candidate Sarah Owen claim victory in yesterday's elections (Photo: PA)

We seem to be moving away from mass movements towards a more atomised society. What can we do about it?

The US president is stridently anti-life AP Photo/Susan Walsh

‘Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere”, he told an audience

Your wedding doe not have to be as grand as this (PA)

Couples are reluctant to have their big day in this country

A Syriac Orthodox leader greets Cardinal Dolan during a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the safety of kidnapped Orthodox bishops (CNS)

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