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As a sceptical neurosurgeon I dismissed patients’ visions of the afterlife. Then one day I had a violent seizure and found myself in a realm of indescribable beauty

He was a handsome blogger known to millions as the American Papist. A freak accident left him fighting for his life – but his faith survived

Andrew M Brown finds ways of dealing with the anti-Catholic bias in many history books

The real Francis is not the kindly figure in white showing indulgence to all that the world imagines

Billions of euros pour into the German hierarchy’s coffers every year thanks to the church tax. Hardly anyone goes to Mass, but it means the bishops can bully Rome

In an exclusive article Cardinal George Pell explains his mission to sort out the Vatican’s finances

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

Margate is worth a Latin Mass

Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s