Christian ad challenged

A bus poster that proclaimed "There definitely is a God" received more complaints than any other advert last year, the Advertising Standards Authority said yesterday.

The Theory of Light and Matter, By Andrew Porter

Moving moments of truth

Church faces fresh turmoil over women bishops

The Church of England today faced fresh turmoil within its ranks as it published proposals paving the way for the consecration of women bishops.

Album: Diane Birch, Bible Belt (Virgin)

Here's a charmingly old-fashioned thing: a personal pop-soul exegesis by a white woman with no apparent interest in being musically trendy.

Colm O'Gorman: Honesty and justice would be better than a meeting

Given all we now know about the cover-up of clerical sexual abuse by Rome it's difficult to see what is significant about the Pope's meeting with a small number of victims in Malta. I appreciate that it may have been meaningful to those who chose to meet the Pope, but it hardly represents a major breakthrough in addressing the global scandals engulfing the Roman Catholic church.

Cardinal recovering at home after service collapse



All-Ireland Catholic primate Cardinal Sean Brady was recovering at home today after falling ill at a service.

Abuse case priest will not fight extradition

A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota has said he would willingly leave his native India and try to clear his name in the courts if the United States tried to extradite him.

God is Back, By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

Since the Enlightenment, educated Westerners have tended to assume that modernity, science and reason would kill religion off and the world would become increasingly secularised. That's what happened in Europe, at any rate until very recently, and it seemed natural to expect that the pattern would be globally replicated. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge argue, however – with lashings of evidence – secularisation is very much not happening.

Christopher Jamison: The Pope has a friend in Father Christopher

The Vatican may be mired in scandal, but, in Sussex this Easter, TV's favourite monk is a model of faith and hope. Peter Stanford meets Christopher Jamison

Trail of the unexpected: Easter in Transylvania

Ancient traditions remain a way of life in rural Romania. Margaret Campbell experiences a Transylvanian Easter

The ten best Easter treats

Chosen by Simon Usborne

Removing cross would violate my faith, says nurse

A Christian nurse moved to an office role after refusing to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix told an employment tribunal today that taking it off would "violate her faith".

Lourdes (U)

Though set entirely within the iconic site of Catholic pilgrimage, Jessica Hausner's unsettling drama refuses to take sides on the meaning – or even the existence – of miracles.

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