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Catholic school children wait for the Pope at Twickenham during the September 2010 papal visit AP Photo Peter Macdiarmid

Some bishops are demanding RE as part of the English Baccalaureate. But why? In Catholic schools, 90% lapse

President Barack Obama waves when he came to the graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 2009  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond

Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his 2006 visit to Turkey (Picture: PA)

Why are we still seriously considering Turkish membership of the EU?

George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc and G K Chesterton at a London debate (Photo: PA)

G K Chesterton, saint of the blogosphere

He loved debate and controversy but at the same time managed to remain magnanimous to his enemy

Photo: PA

Van Rompuy is right: Turkey is not, and will never be, a part of Europe

The Cipriani in Venice

Is tourism the new world religion?

Yet again, it’s the season of long haul flights to paradise and of ‘holidays in hell’