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'For Catholics under the age of 45, shopping around for a parish is second nature' (Illustration: Christian Adams)

The strange future of parish life

Vatican II and the internet have brought consumer choice into churchgoing. Some see that as a danger – but with imaginative leadership, it could be an opportunity

Tourists take a selfie in front of an image of Pope Francis in Havana (CNS)

Blessed are the bloggers

The internet has brought a golden age of evangelical opportunity. Atheists share the same soapbox – but that should not deter us

Pope Francis shakes hands with Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram (L' Osservatore Romano/pool photo via AP)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg posted a welcome message to the Pontiff

Pope Francis with Apple CEO Tim Cook (CNS)

Francis met Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as his message for the World Day of Social Communications was released

The internet tests some of our deepest assumptions about how civilisation works (AP)

A click away from meltdown


Hostile governments, criminals and pranksters are relentlessly attacking the Vatican’s computer systems. It may not be long before they breach its defences

Hackers claim to have leaked a massive database of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Proofreader blog has suggested supposed Vatican email addresses were in fact based in Canada and Virginia

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis discussed pizza, football and his daily routine in an interview with an Argentine newspaper

Sister Camilla Oberding of Community of Our Lady of Walsingham after making her final profession in 2010 

Religious congregations have found a creative new way of communicating their message

On Good Friday, our iPhone might pose the greatest distraction ( Yui Mok/PA Wire)

This day is a challenge for iPhone owners, bloggers and Facebook users

'The image brought home just how much technology had reshaped the world in the eight years between the elections of Benedict XVI and Francis' (AP)

The night that inspired us to embark on one of the biggest changes in our 126-year history