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When the Church of England’s House of Bishops voted 43-1 in support of a report backing traditional teaching on marriage at General Synod, many wondered whom the lone voice of dissent could belong to.

Railway trivia is behind the naming of the Diocese of Brentwood, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Australian landscape photographer Ken Duncan is trying to raise A$1 million to build a 22-metre illuminated cross on a hill in the outback, about 140 miles west of Alice Springs.

He was speaking in the country that invented the Bratwurst and the Frankfurter, so the Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, should not have been surprised when his comments attacking the meat industry provoked ire among German farmers.

Some viewers who watched Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States on BBC Television with subtitles were surprised to read New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan praying: “No one wants you here. Just shut it, yeah?”

Mary Dejevsky’s enthusiasm for a new order “in which the defences of the US and Europe became more distinct” will delight the Kremlin (“Chemistry and the Cold War”, 21 January).

Seventies horror film The Exorcist became famous for its shocking depiction of a young girl’s possession by a demon.

An 85-year-old nun has revealed how she once persuaded the American billionaire, Sir John Paul Getty, to fund the rescue of a group of refugee children from the war-torn city of Sarajevo in the 1990s.

Long-time readers of The Tablet will know him for his fond, if sometimes gently mocking, caricatures of Catholic life. Now cartoonist Jonathan Pugh has tackled the nation’s annual attempt at self-improvement in a collection of 52 witty drawings.

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