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'For Catholics under the age of 45, shopping around for a parish is second nature' (Illustration: Christian Adams)

The strange future of parish life

Vatican II and the internet have brought consumer choice into churchgoing. Some see that as a danger – but with imaginative leadership, it could be an opportunity

New Custos Fr Francesco Patton, centre, takes part in a procession in Jerusalem (AP)

The Pope has appointed Franciscans to two of the most prestigious posts in the Holy Land. Neither speaks Arabic, so what’s going on?

Demonstrators rally in London on June 24, 2016, in support of immigrants after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. (Kyodo)
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Roger Scruton

Book review: Conversations with Roger Scruton by Mark Dooley

Young anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at the gates of Downing Street in central London after the UK voted to leave the European Union. (PA)

Have you ever looked at a newsstand and all the headlines objectively and wondered what kind of a society we have become?

'Now is not the time for recriminations, or pointed attacks on certain classes of people who may have voted one way or the other' (PA)

Cardinal Nichols is right to make clear that stirring up xenophobia is utterly out of keeping with who we are

A man browses through newspapers outside a kiosk in Athens (AP)

Bregrets, I’ve had a few

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Leave voters are left with a sickening feeling that we have helped to bring about a great disaster

Supporters hold signs during a rainswept pro-EU rally in London's Trafalgar Square (AP)

Alarmist ravings about the secession of Scotland and Northern Ireland are bunk; the real casualty is the Brussels tyranny

Imagine writing a whole chapter on the word 'into' (CNS photo/Chris Keane, Reuters)

The Our Father, Word by Word, is a book which will surprise you