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Protesters at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester (AP)

A book by former director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, makes a case for the importance of rediscovering a shared language

Peter Tatchell speaking at event at Westfield,  Stratford

Peter Tatchell is right, free speech is one of the most precious human rights and must be defended at all costs

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols urged people not to fall for ‘great lie’ of assisted suicide during homily for the Day for Life

Bishops and cardinals  at the family synod (CNS)

Join the discussion on the family synod’s mid-term report

Warm double chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and raspberries on top (Photo: PA)

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

The 'Jubilee Church' in Rome, designed by US architect Richard Meier (Photo: CNS)

Or are there some modern churches that really do inspire devotion and raise people’s spirits to God?

An image from the bishops' conference Come Home for Christmas campaign

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Fr Josemaría Escrivá, played by Charlie Cox, in the movie There Be Dragons (CNS photo/Motive)

Should we always encourage people to convert or can there be good reasons not to cross the Tiber?

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, blesses families in Ecône, Switzerland (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Or are they a crucial step along the way towards unity?

The new translation of the Mass, as presented to Pope Benedict XVI (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Will it enhance the liturgical life of the Church, or is it just a lot of extra hassle for priests?