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Firefighters clear rubble in front of the bell tower in Amatrice (AP)

Book review: Where is God in Suffering? by Brendan Purcell

Worshippers at an Easter Vigil Mass at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

The Church has the highest retention rate of any denomination, but the lowest rate of conversions

A detail from Tintoretto’s Creation of the Animals

Rupert Shortt deploys both St Thomas Aquinas and Bertrand Russell in his defence of Christianity as a way of making sense of the world

Catholics light candles for the victims of the Paris attacks at Notre Dame de France, the French Church by Leicester Square (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Talk of a ‘hierarchical’ God and a ‘vertical’ universe overlooks basic Catholic doctrine

Giacomo Leopardi: 'Our going on hoping and living is a happy, natural but also real and constant madness, and something quite contrary to reason, which all too clearly shows that there is no hope for any of us.'

The pessimistic noble Giacomo Leopardi was a precursor to Nietzsche and Samuel Beckett

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops' conference (CNS/Simon Caldwell)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

'A change came over my my town in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas'

Why atheists love Christmas

Non-believers aren’t as different to Christians as they think they are, says Jennifer Fulwiler

Pope Francis (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 29/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Richard Dawkins (AP)

If a world cleansed of imperfections is what we wish for then Dawkins, with his Down’s Syndrome outburst, has shown us the way.

'Atheism couldn’t provide a satisfying answer to her emotions when she fell in love and had a baby' (Photo: PA)

Her story shows how reason can guide people to faith