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Much-loved Fr Dennis Higgins has caused a storm over his apparent remarks to children. But why are we obsessed by the figure of a great fat man bearing presents?

DNA tests have shown that there is a cuckoo in the nest

Francis Phillips reviews a selection of books that help children to understand the Faith

The Society of Jesus had a huge influence on European drama at the time

In many parts of the world, slavery is still common

Mark Greaves talks to the Irish Sister who tended to the victims of the Bhopal disaster 30 years ago – at great cost to her own well-being

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished

The end of the Christmas play would be a great shame

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence

European-wide Christian names were a product of Christendom