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Armed French police patrol an area north of Paris after the Paris shootings (PA)

The best way to disarm terrorists

What makes a jihadist and an IRA leader lay down their weapons? Not tough new anti-terror laws that offer us a false sense of security

Cardinal Raymond Burke (CNS)

Cardinal Burke was ridiculed for saying men are repelled by a ‘feminised’ Church. But he grasps that fathers have a huge influence over whether children grow up to be Mass-goers

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and David Cameron at last year's Holocaust Memorial Day (AP)

That Britain might not be safe for Jews is a truly disturbing thought

Pope Francis held a press conference on the way home from the Philippines (PA)

Pope Francis told reporters that Catholics don’t have to be ‘like rabbits’

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall propagates the myth that Britain became great once it had ditched Catholicism

An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

Pope Francis hugs 12-year-old Glyzelle Palomar (PA)

There were a number of memorable and touching moments during the papal visit

Pope Francis holds up a medallion of St Therese of Lisieux after answering questions from the media aboard his flight to Manila (CNS)

The Pope was given a framed image of the Little Flower during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines

'Until the rule of law is respected, then places like the Philippines will continue to be corrupt' (PA)

Corruption in the Third World and the break down of family life in the UK contribute to the blight of global poverty

People pray at a Mass at Santo Nino church in Tacloban on the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

The region is still grief-stricken by the typhoon that hit just over a year ago. Only a figure like Pope Francis can bring relief