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Tolkien’s The Hobbit played out the eternal struggle between good and evil (AP)

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War by Joseph Loconte, Nelson Books, £16.99 It cannot have been easy to shock Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury queen. Bohemian to the core, she presided over a circle of literary hedonists whose escapades the BBC deemed racy enough to turn into a television series earlier this year. And […]

The Bedingfeld family kept the faith amid persecution at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk

It is a shame that England does not celebrate its historical Catholic treasures more

'Offering prayers of thanksgiving when prayers are not answered can be very good for our soul ' (CNS)

Disappointments can actually help us to grow in trust and humility

Stephen Fry (PA)

An interview in which Stephen Fry denounced God as ‘evil’ has proved a viral hit

An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

The BBC's documentary on Lewis

The BBC’s documentary about the Christian apologist proved short-sighted at times

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Nicky Campbell presents The Big Questions programme on the afterlife

If you want to ponder the afterlife, switch off the television and read an article by Stratford Caldecott

Terry Chimes pictured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 (PA)

Original member of The Clash, Terry Chimes, writes about journey from punk to prayer in new book

The desk where C S Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia (Photo: CNS)

C S Lewis came so close to Catholicism

Mary Forster says if he had become Catholic he might never have written some of his best-loved works