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‘Gazing about, reaching for this and that’: the challenge of distraction, it seems, was just as strong at the EF as with the Novus Ordo

The remaining all-Christian villages in the region are picturesque and prosperous and trace their history to the first century

The joy of the gospel, says Pope Benedict, lies in the authentic truth about God

Which way will Turkey turn?

President Erdogan seems to be doing much to reverse Atatürk’s secular reforms

Pope Francis has a strong track record on respect for women and the elderly

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

I understand Nigel Farage’s appeal, but purple and yellow will never be my colours

The Pope’s speech in Strasbourg marks a huge shift in the Church’s stance on the EU

Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journey

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it