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Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair defended religious faith as a force for good in the world during a televised debate with atheist and columnist Christopher Hitchens. Andrew Winning/PA Wire

The former British prime minister argued that religion was a force for good against atheist and journalist Christopher Hitchens in a televised debate in Canada

The Motu Proprio Ubicumque et semper was published yesterday

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The sanctuary at Cofton Park in Birmingham, where the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman on Sunday (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Today’s papal visit must-reads: 14/09/10

A daily guide to news and comment about the Pope’s visit to Britain

‘Joyous atheists’: the ultimate oxymoron?

The phrase strikes a tinny note against this Catholic’s lexical eardrum

Fr Federico Lombardi, right, and Mgr Charles Scicluna present the new norms at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The ‘Scourge of God’ has throat cancer. He has my sympathy, and prayers