Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams claims Irish Church 'has lost credibility'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost "all credibility" because of the child abuse scandal.

Dr John Sentamu: Prison's purpose should be to rehabilitate, not just punish

Free pardon does not undervalue the damage caused by sin

Marina Cantacuzino: We can forgive without excusing

To Lord Tebbit I’d say that what we seek to do is explain violence, and understand it

BBC to air drama on 'birth' of Coronation Street

The BBC is to air a drama telling the story of the "difficult birth" of Coronation Street - its commercial rival's popular soap opera.

Man held after archbishops' tombs vandalised

Police in Cyprus arrested a Romanian man yesterday on suspicion of desecrating the tombs of three archbishops and possibly taking remains from one of them.

Pope urged to apologise for abuse cover-up

The pope was today urged to make a public apology for the church's years of covering up sexual abuse.

Mary Tudor, By Anna Whitelock

"One sees nothing but gibbets and hanged men." The aftermath of Sir Thomas Wyatt's Kentish rebellion of 1553 characterises the tormented reign of Mary, sandwiched between the Stalinist revolution of Henry and the economic flowering of Elizabethan England. But worse was to come for Mary.

Desmond Tutu donates his genome to science

He has won the Nobel Peace Prize, campaigned for human rights and bared his soul in truth and reconciliation. Now Desmond Tutu has given something else to humanity: his genome.

Archbishop urges hospitals to adopt 'culture of compassion'

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales criticised the NHS for treating some patients with a lack of compassion.

Leading article: The ignored gospel message

Lord what fools these mortals be. It is difficult for an outsider to look upon the febrile maunderings of the General Synod of the Church of England without a sense of bewilderment and mild irritation. The body which is the parliament of the nation's established church is, all things considered, a pretty poor advertisement for the message of good news which its founder set out to bring humanity.

Assisted suicide is 'morally wrong' warns Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury warned this afternoon against any attempt to relax the laws on assisted suicide and called on the Government to resist making it easier for terminally ill Britons to help each other die.

E Jane Dickson: If I were the Pope, I wouldn't quote Aristotle

Clearly St Thomas Aquinas doesn’t leave a lot of wriggle room for gay sex

FW de Klerk: The day I ended apartheid

Twenty years ago today, FW de Klerk addressed South Africa's Parliament – and stunned the world. Ivan Fallon reveals the extraordinary story behind apartheid's end

48 Hours In: Cape Town

With Table Mountain providing a spectacular backdrop, Harriet O'Brien soaks up the culture and glamour of South Africa's coastal gem before it gets swamped by football fever

Peers defeat Government on church gay ban

Peers tonight defeated the Government on plans that churches argued would restrict their ability to deny jobs to gay people and transsexuals.

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