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Pope Francis speaks to reporters on his flight home from Rio (CNS)

Or is the Church actually in the grip of a crisis that threatens its very existence?

Warm double chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and raspberries on top (Photo: PA)

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

The 'Jubilee Church' in Rome, designed by US architect Richard Meier (Photo: CNS)

Or are there some modern churches that really do inspire devotion and raise people’s spirits to God?

An image from the bishops' conference Come Home for Christmas campaign

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Fr Josemaría Escrivá, played by Charlie Cox, in the movie There Be Dragons (CNS photo/Motive)

Should we always encourage people to convert or can there be good reasons not to cross the Tiber?

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, blesses families in Ecône, Switzerland (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Or are they a crucial step along the way towards unity?

The new translation of the Mass, as presented to Pope Benedict XVI (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Will it enhance the liturgical life of the Church, or is it just a lot of extra hassle for priests?

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Photo: CNS)

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, celebrated on November 1 (Photo: PA)

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

An Anglo-Catholic service at Holy Trinity, Reading (Photo: Daniel Lloyd, courtesy of James Bradley)

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