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MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

The Church may be quite good at handing out punishments, but seems less good in letting some sinners know they are forgiven

The idea of old age as the last stage in the journey to God is a source of great hope

The Sister who gave up privilege to walk with the downtrodden can counter Irish prejudice against nuns today

Composers all over the world are hungry to write sacred music

Unless Western powers show they care about human rights they will be exposed as hypocrites

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit