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Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill last year (PA)

Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price

Men are far more likely than women to leave the Catholic Church in Britain (CNS)

Put the new evangelisation on hold

Unless we truly understand why thousands are leaving the Church in Britain any attempt to spread the faith will flounder

St Teresa of Avila by Rubens

Self-esteem can be bad for your health

The world of self-help is edging away from the notion that high levels of self-esteem are the key to mental health

Could you resist the allure of a marshmallow for 15 minutes?

Don’t take my word for it: look at what scientists discovered in a famous experiment

A pro-ISIS demonstration in Mosul (PA)

If ISIS could kill us all, they would

The murdered Copts are victims of a theological and intellectual caricature that we must wake up to

CTS have released a new edition of the Penny Catechism

The Catholic Truth Society has brought out a new edition of the little manual beloved of the Church before Vatican II

Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said that Italy was a "dying country" (PA)

The Italian Minister of Health has said Italy is a dying country due to a shortage of babies

Relatives of the victims before their murder  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Britain’s intervention in Libya was a disaster, and yesterday 21 innocent Egyptian Christians became the latest victims

Employees arriving at Broadcasting House, London (PA)

The BBC’s decision to scrap the job of Head of Religion and Ethics is part of a worrying trend

Pope Francis talks with cardinal Angelo Sodano as they arrive for a special consistory with cardinals and bishops, in the Synod hall at the Vatican where he will brief them on curial reform (PA)

Madeleine Teahan speaks with Vatican observer Fr Mark Drew