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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.

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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

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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

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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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