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Clive James

James is a ‘pugnacious and provocative’ writer but Cultural Amnesia is not without flaws

Pope Francis and Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome (Photo: CNS)

Famous preachers used to attract people far and wide – sadly that tradition no longer continues

Women priests (PA)

The author of Bread Not Stones had a dramatic and unconventional journey to Rome

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