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Michel Houellebecq teaches about the consequences of hedonism. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Submission tells us a great deal about ourselves, and if we are to continue as we are, the future is hardly bright

Fireworks over the River Thames in London to celebrate the New Year (PA)

Let’s recognise that eternal salvation is what life is really about

A vandalised statue of Rhodes in South Africa. But will he fall in England too?  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Cecil Rhodes, for better or for worse, is part of our history

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

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How the magazine is presented in our new app on Kindle Fire, Samsung and iPhone

We’ve overhauled our website and relaunched as a magazine – now we’re releasing an app for smartphones and other devices. And for a trial period, it’s absolutely free

A lonely old man longs to see his family in Edeka’s shocking Christmas advert

Help tackle the plague of loneliness

Even when you know that elderly isolation is a problem in Britain, the statistics are still heartbreaking

Fireworks explode over the floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Our Christian duty in January is clear, we must carry on celebrating

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

The mother of Adi, who bravely confronts his demons in The Look of Silence

From remorseless executioners in Indonesia to hippy detectives in LA, 2015 was a thrilling year for film-lovers