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Rory Kinnear as Hamlet (National Theatre)

Take heart from one of the life-enhancing messages of Shakespeare’s famous play

President Xi Jinping  (AP)

Over the past two years authorities in China have torn down church crosses and other outward symbols of the Christian faith

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope tells Methodist leaders that there is a ‘growing closeness’ between the two churches

A group of Polish bishops gather pictured in 2013 (AP)

The bishops have called for the permanent ban to mark Poland’s conversion to Christianity

Hundreds of young people attend the regular Youth Vigils at the monastery

A hot spot for spirituality

A Viennese monastery famous for its chart-topping chant album is also breaking records for vocations. What is the secret of its success?

A woman prays at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Christian women are more likely to attend weekly religious services than men, study finds

A Filipino in Manila lights candles among flowers offered for victims of the Brussels attacks (AP)

‘We must stay faithful to our message of peace,’ Archbishop Josef De Kesel told a French newspaper

Cathedral of St Gregory the Illuminator in Yerevan, Armenia (CNS)

Vatican spokesman revealed that the trip may take place in June

An infant rides atop a pickup truck during a St Patrick's Day Parade (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

How to tell the story of St Patrick

Growing up in Ireland, we learnt in primary school that one of St Patrick’s stellar achievements was banishing the snakes from Ireland

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally (AP)

Article signed by a group of Catholic academics urges Republicans to reject the businessman’s bid for nomination