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Fr Donald Calloway: ‘Christians could learn a lot from the zeal of surfers’

The spirituality of surfing

Fr Donald Calloway on why wave-riders call the beach their ‘church’

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama

Archbishop was stunned by the Prince’s support for Christians in the line of fire

An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

A woman and children who fled from violence in Nineveh province in Iraq (CNS)

Christian refugees are facing a life-and-death situation in the Nineveh Plain

Philip Johnson

From 2009, our interview with the US seminarian with inoperable brain cancer

Baron Albrecht von Boeselager

The Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta discusses the dangers of providing aid in a volatile age

Daphne McLeod: ‘Cardinal Heenan told me to wait and see what wonderful young Catholics this teaching would produce. I am still waiting’

Daphne McLeod has announced her retirement after four decades of fighting for solid catechesis

Margot Parker: ‘Churches have grown because they are full of Catholic immigrants. I don’t have a problem with this. It’s terrific for the Church’

MEP Margot Parker says her party has a strong Catholic contingent that wants to build bridges with the Church

Bishop John Arnold (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

In May 2010, Bishop John Arnold told Luke Coppen that his path to the priesthood wasn’t nearly as straightforward as it seems

Francis celebrates Mass at the Church of St Gregory the Great in Rome (CNS)

Worship makes our lives bigger and better

In this extract from his new book Rowan Williams argues that effective ritual is far from being a retreat to a comforting alternative world