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Atheists share with Christians the plight of being persecuted worldwide for their convictions. They must unite to demand the freedom to follow their beliefs – whatever they may be

As in Northern Ireland and Lebanon, power-sharing has meant power-splitting

Francis Phillips reviews Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen

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The worst case scenario is to offend both sides, while giving the Russian president a propaganda coup

A doctor has spoken of the agony women feel when they realise they can no longer start a family

A fully involved laity, a Church permanently in mission, and beautiful singing, the Church here thrives

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As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

The Irish Catholicism that used to define so many English cities now seems as remote as Newman and Manning