What skills and experience make a good vocations adviser? According to the Church of England, which last week advertised two new, national vocations roles, experience with young people and marketing is desirable. It particularly encouraged applications from women and people from ethnic minorities. But, the job profiles stated, actually being a Christian isn’t necessary.

An Irish monsignor who helped to save 6,500 Jews and Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) in occupied Rome during the Second World War was honoured by the Vatican on Sunday.

The Revd Nicky Gumbel, of Holy Trinity Brompton, an evangelical church in west London, and the pioneer behind the Alpha course on Christianity, claims not to like labels. If he had to choose, he wants them all: Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Evangelical.

When Buon Appetito was originally published a year or so ago in German, it gave its readers an intriguing insight into day-to-day life in the Holy See. French and Italian translations quickly followed and now a new version of the Swiss Guard cookbook is being released in North America.

The iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome, where lovers Marcello and Sylvia cavort in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita, is to be dyed red for an evening for the first time in history as part of a stunt to draw attention to the murder of Christians in the Middle East.

As archipelagos go, the Philippines and the Shetland Islands couldn’t be further apart, both geographically and in climate. But neither is a stranger to extreme conditions. When one young Filipino fisherman found himself at the pointy end of northern weather last month, he also became the beneficiary of a charity that knows no earthly boundaries.

Baroness Patricia Scotland, who was welcomed as the new Commonwealth Secretary-General at a ceremony in London on Monday, will have come away inspired.

Scotland’s worst mining disaster has been commemorated in a pair of stained glass windows at St Joseph’s Church in Blantyre. On the morning of October 22 1877, an explosion caused by firedamp, a build-up of inflammable gases, killed more than 200 miners,...

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