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A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

When Christianity becomes a crime

I thought I knew what believers experienced under communism. But I was unprepared for a story of persecution comparable to the Roman Empire

'Recognise the importance of immersing oneself in a Catholic culture' (AP)

A recent comment under one of my blogs beautifully illustrated why I chose to be Catholic

David Aaronovitch, author of Party Animals (PA)

We all have an instinct to worship, which will follow a perverted truth rather than endure a spiritual vacuum

President Obama is greeted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega last night (AP)

Cardinal Ortega, along with Pope Francis, played a part in the ‘Cuban Thaw’ of diplomatic relations with the US

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

Cardinal Ján Korec

Cardinal Ján Korec, who was imprisoned then forced to work as a road sweeper, has died aged 91

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Revolution Square, Havana (AP)

‘We do not serve ideas, we serve people,’ Francis tells hundreds of thousands in Revolution Square

Cardinal Laszlo Paskai passed away on August 17 (CNS)

The cardinal led the Catholic Church in Hungary as the country moved from communism to democracy

Pope Francis blesses an inmate during a feet-washing ceremony at Rebibbia prison in Rome (CNS)

Pope Francis discussed poverty at morning Mass at his Vatican residence