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Pro-Mugabe bishop locks out faithful

Anglicans forced to pray in the street as Zimbabwe cleric refuses to accept sacking

More Irish bishops quit over abuse scandal

Catholics across Ireland were attending Christmas Day Mass today as two more bishops resigned in the wake of a devastating clerical child abuse inquiry.

Archbishop condemns Ugandan anti-gay debate

The Archbishop of York spoke out today against anti-homosexual laws being debated in Uganda.

Gordon Brown: Small number of countries held Copenhagen talks to ransom

Efforts to secure a legally-binding climate change deal failed last week because talks were "held to ransom" by a small number of countries, Gordon Brown said today.

Johann Hari: It's the protesters who offer the best hope for our planet

They've ensured the corporate lobbyists punching holes in the deal are shamed

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Christians shouldn't be blaming others

It's not PC enforcers who are guilty of neglecting to keep up the spirit of Christmas

PM's mystery phone claim girl talk

The mystery over a series of lengthy late-night phone calls revealed on the Prime Minister's expenses claims has been solved.

Government treats believers as 'oddities', says Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked the Government for treating religious believers as "oddities", it was revealed today.

Archbishop lends support to Teesside Corus workers

The Archbishop of York will visit workers at the doomed Corus steelworks on Teesside today

The greenest show on Earth

For the next two weeks, events in Copenhagen will dominate the headlines. Cahal Milmo explains what all the fuss is about

Will England get a pot of gold at end of Rainbow Nation's finals?

Theron wore red, Beckham wore a beard, and Capello wore a smile as draw favoured his team

Dublin Archbishops colluded over abuse

Catholic Church apologises as report reveals how senior clerics protected priests from scandal despite 'perversion of power and trust visited on helpless and innocent children'

Church had immunity to conceal sex abuse, says report

The Catholic hierarchy in Ireland was granted immunity to cover up child sex abuse among paedophile priests in Dublin, a damning report revealed today.

Tom Sutcliffe: Should we pay double to save the bookshop?

A civilized city without bookshops – or without enough bookshops – struck me as a contradiction in terms
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