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'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

My journey from Tehran to Rome

As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass

Catholics at secular universities feel they are part of a conspiracy for Christ (CNS)

University: a Catholic survival guide

It’s much easier than you think to keep the faith at a secular institution. But there’s one thing you must be prepared to do

Pope Francis greets the Archbishop of Canterbury in Assisi (AP)

Archbishop Justin Welby was speaking during a discussion on ecumenism in Assisi

'The poll reminds us of the necessity of the role of reason in theology' (AP)

A new poll suggests up to a third of France’s Muslims reject the legitimacy of the country’s secular law

There are around 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; by 2050 it may be 1.6 billion (CNS)

Catholicism’s incredible growth story

Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising

Imagine writing a whole chapter on the word 'into' (CNS photo/Chris Keane, Reuters)

The Our Father, Word by Word, is a book which will surprise you

A general view of York Crown Court (PA)

Trial begins of four men accused of carrying out religiously aggravated assault

A visible faith: last Sunday’s Corpus Christi procession through central London (Mazur/

How Catholics can reclaim Britain

Non-believers long for a spiritual truth which only the Church can provide. But to win souls we must focus on God and charity, not political arguments

Mass at Wormwood Scrubs prison (

Seeking God behind bars

Prison can be a time for rethinking. As a catechist, I have seen a deep spiritual hunger behind the locked doors

Pope Francis greets people during a visit to Christuskirche, a parish of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Rome (CNS)

The prayer service will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation