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'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

PODCAST: The road from Tehran to Rome

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'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

My journey from Tehran to Rome

As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass

Bishops attend the morning session of the Synod at the Vatican (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis Phillips interviews pro-life doctor Dr Anca-Maria Cernea

David Cameron admits to playing the ‘infantile’ computer game Angry Birds (PA)

Britain’s gutless churches are partly to blame for our synthetic, petulant outrage whenever we decide we’ve been ‘offended’

Paul VI (PA)

The first pope accused of being a Marxist

Paul VI is synonymous with Humanae Vitae, but we have forgotten that he was a revolutionary pontiff in Francis’s mould

A woman walks past a computerised display showing the FTSE 100 index

Traders need to read Francis’s encyclical

The Pope knows how to truly reform the global economy

Tristram Hunt, MP and historian, says identity rests partly on tradition (Photo: PA)

Because we know less and less of the past, we know less and less of ourselves, and who we are