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Is the secular elite falling?

From Brussels to Washington, the global ruling class is facing an unprecedented revolt. At heart, it is a rebellion against materialism

The future Pope washes the feet of addicts at a rehabilitation centre in Buenos Aires (AP)

Book review: retreat, or surrender, is the worst possible response to a secular world

The opening Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012 (AP)

Bishop William Crean said Catholics must respond positively to hostility from politicians and the media

Vatican official Fr Friedrich Bechina speaks at the Benedict XVI Centre’s launch (Benedict XVI Centre)

Don’t let our faith be privatised

I know from experience that religion is seen as prejudiced or irrelevant. But Catholics have a vital role to play in politics – as a new centre will demonstrate

Manif demonstrators in Paris in 2014 (PA)

The French counter-revolution

A mass protest movement against the Socialist government’s same-sex marriage bill put a million people on the streets – and has paved the way for a youth-driven Catholic revival

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal George, who died last week, offered a deeper perspective on history to those dismayed by the signs of the times

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

We don’t mind if the Daleks are Scientologists, but please don’t let the Time Lord turn into a secular bore

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth

Into the space created by secularism will flood some other not necessarily benign ideology

Bishop Philip Egan (Photo: Mazur)

Bishop of Portsmouth gives lecture at King’s College in London