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Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

Simone Lia (Dan Fone) Below: A scene from her graphic novel Please God, Find Me A Husband!

The graphic novelist explains how a bunny rabbit, a neglected boy and a group of Mormons led her back to the Catholic Church

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign

Chinese faithful celebrate Easter Mass at a patriotic church in Beijing (AP)

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People attend a Courtyard of the Gentiles gathering in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (CNS)

Promoting dialogue between believers and non-believers will enrich our national conversation

Cardinal Prosper Grech (CNS)

Full text of Cardinal Grech’s remarks published by Vatican newspaper

Malta's Gianluca Bezzina, centre, performs during the second semifinal of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: PA

I hope that Gianluca Bezzina brings Malta to victory in this year’s contest

St George's Day celebrations in Swindon

We should be proud of our international soldier-saint

Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia

Reports suggest Margaret Thatcher will have a street in Madrid named after her.

Patrick Pullicino: ‘The spiritual world is so close that it’s just a question of opening people’s minds to it and seeing that science is nothing more than a measurement tool’

The doctor who raised the alarm about the Liverpool Care Pathway says science and religion are closely linked