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A detail from Tintoretto’s Creation of the Animals

Rupert Shortt deploys both St Thomas Aquinas and Bertrand Russell in his defence of Christianity as a way of making sense of the world

Monsignor Doyle (left) with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, 1979

Obituary: Mgr Bernard Doyle

A priest with high intellect and formidable negotiating abilities who did much for Catholic higher education

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill is pictured in Rio de Janeiro (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/02/16

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

Cardinal Pell: 'This Synod is what you might call a bit more spicy' (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 17-18

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

The spectacular Room 50a at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

No one who visits the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Room 50A will leave thinking the Middle Ages were backward

Books about the Holy Trinity don’t normally mention Heston Blumenthal (PA)

Books about the Trinity don’t usually mention Pinocchio or Heston Blumenthal – this one does…

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is depicted in a modern painting by Stephen B Whatley, an expressionist artist based in London (CNS)

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

A detail from St Thomas Aquinas by Diego Velázquez

St Thomas was one of the greatest theologians in history

Prof Brian Cox (PA)

Unlike Richard Dawkins, the physicist displays a winning humility when discussing God’s existence

A flag bearing Archbishop Romero's image in San Salvador (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/10/13

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