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'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

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

We don’t mind if the Daleks are Scientologists, but please don’t let the Time Lord turn into a secular bore

Brendan Gleeson Below: The trailer for Calvary

The Irish actor talks about Calvary, his own Catholic boyhood and his late-blooming career

Using a free-standing exoskeleton, Thomas Peters can take hundreds of steps in each rehabilitation session

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

Edith Sitwell Below: Muriel Spark (PA)

A meeting of two literary converts

Muriel Spark found Catholicism practical and rational, while Edith Sitwell was receptive to the power of sacramental grace

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

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

People attend a prayer service at an evangelical church in Leon, Mexico (CNS)

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

The Dreamland site in Margate, Kent (PA)

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

William and George both appear in the top twenty of  most popular boys names in the UK in 2014 (PA)

European-wide Christian names were a product of Christendom

Pope Francis blesses the sculpture of Jesus during a general audience last year (CNS)

A statue of a homeless Jesus is to be permanently installed outside Methodist Central Hall