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Could a reconciliation with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI be on the cards for Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff during his upcoming visit to Rome?

He’s provided showers, a barber, medical care, an exclusive tour around the Sistine Chapel and front-row seats at a music concert.

The Tyburn Nuns have bought the house in France where their foundress, Mother Marie-Adèle Garnier, was born in 1838.

Argentinian football team San Lorenzo received an unexpected boost to their Primera Division title fight this week with the surprise announcement that Pope Francis will take over as chairman next season.

The thrill and danger of aviation in the Edwardian era, the horrors of the First World War, and Victorian Catholic spirituality are all interwoven in a new history of a prominent Catholic recusant family.

The Scottish press called it “the Sermon on the Mound”: Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in its Assembly Hall, which stands below the castle in Edinburgh.

Customers browsing the shelves at Hatchards bookshop in London’s Piccadilly looked increasingly discombobulated as first David Owen and Shirley Williams, then Michael Frayn and Claire Tomalin, and finally Ed Stourton and Cardinal Vincent Nichols all made their way through the door and up the narrow stairs to the same book launch.

Landings UK, the programme for returning Catholics, is hosting its inaugural lecture on 7 March at 7pm at Farm Street Church Hall, a Jesuit church in London’s Mayfair.

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.

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