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What makes a jihadist and an IRA leader lay down their weapons? Not tough new anti-terror laws that offer us a false sense of security

Cardinal Burke was ridiculed for saying men are repelled by a ‘feminised’ Church. But he grasps that fathers have a huge influence over whether children grow up to be Mass-goers

That Britain might not be safe for Jews is a truly disturbing thought

Pope Francis told reporters that Catholics don’t have to be ‘like rabbits’

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall propagates the myth that Britain became great once it had ditched Catholicism

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

There were a number of memorable and touching moments during the papal visit

The Pope was given a framed image of the Little Flower during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines

Corruption in the Third World and the break down of family life in the UK contribute to the blight of global poverty

The region is still grief-stricken by the typhoon that hit just over a year ago. Only a figure like Pope Francis can bring relief