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The Ashers verdict is bad news – but it’s also a chance to build a consensus

ADF say the new law could force churches to ‘violate their core religious beliefs’

The cardinal said the devil tries to sow doubt in Catholics’ minds about defending human life publicly

The cardinal argued that politics can be reduced to special interests unless it is guided by moral principles

The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

Bishop Zhang Huaixin, who spent years in labour camps, was admired as a role model for Chinese Catholics

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This debate pits the newest freedom, so-called “marriage equality”, in direct conflict with the oldest

High profile corporations join coalition campaigning against legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages

The nuns are one of several groups arguing that contraceptive mandate would oblige them to violate their consciences