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Michel Houellebecq is the most prominent of the neo-reactionaries
  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Michel Houellebecq and other French intellectuals may herald the end of the Left’s age

Richard Dawkins. 'Many atheists are closer to the Church than we think,' says Brandon Vogt (Photo: PA)

It is easy to wring one’s hands about people leaving the faith. Instead let’s see how we can make a difference

A nun prays the Rosary (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)

Please support the Dominicans as they approach this milestone in their history

Cristiano Ronaldo donates £100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (Photo: PA)

His story shows that footballing glory cannot buy you happiness

Take a peak at this week's magazine

A sneak preview of this week’s magazine

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

Fr Marcelo Rossi celebrates ‘liberation Masses’ for those who feel possessed (AP)

The great exorcism boom

From Manila to Mexico City Catholic priests are leading a new and sometimes spectacular crusade against demonic possession

Chen Guangcheng (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

China’s one-child catastrophe

There are now 40 million more Chinese men than women, but a two-child policy will not end the human rights abuses caused by the original policy

Pope Francis meets heads of departments of the Roman Curia (Photo: CNS)

For a real change in thinking at the Vatican the Pope needs to replace the people who work there

Day of the Dead by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

In trying to eradicate Purgatory, the Protestant reformers took from ordinary people their greatest comfort