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Our Christian duty in January is clear, we must carry on celebrating

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

From remorseless executioners in Indonesia to hippy detectives in LA, 2015 was a thrilling year for film-lovers

Her canonisation will be the Year of Mercy’s crowning moment

Take a look inside this week’s magazine

As the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says, we should have a more moderate Christmas

Catholic Books of the Year

Our books blogger lists her favourite books of 2015

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

The holy warrior with a baton

Sir James MacMillan has this year attained sublime creative heights as well as taken on nationalist interests that want to marginalise Catholicism

Man of the century

After decades of illness and several brushes with death, the legendary Mgr Augustine Hoey is about to celebrate his 100th birthday