Leading article: Let the church speak its mind

In his reflections on the meaning of Maundy Thursday – the day when the Queen distributes silver coins to the congregation in a symbolic act of Christian humility during Easter week – the Archbishop of Canterbury courted controversy with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion.

Church of England to reduce school places for Christians

The Church of England is planning to put a strict limit on the number of places reserved for pupils from Christian families as part of the biggest shake-up of faith schools' admissions policies for decades.

Christians destroy 'Piss Christ' work

French police are hunting two men who destroyed a US artist's photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in his own urine.

'Pantheist' Lincoln would be unelectable today

Letter reveals president's view of religion was, at best, non-committal

Minor British Institutions: The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is, in fact, a hare. This confusion is but one of the myriad entanglements surrounding the spring celebration of fertility and resurrection adopted by Christianity.

DVD: Panda Bear, Tomboy (Paw Tracks)

"Throughout my career I've met all sorts of different people, including Nazis. And even the Devil," Michael Lonsdale's weary old monk and medic, Brother Luc, explains to his superior, Christian (Lambert Wilson).

Chinese Christians held as they meet to worship

Beijing police yesterday detained dozens of worshippers from an unapproved Christian church who were trying to hold services in a public space after they were evicted from their usual place of worship.

Video: Kirstie Allsopp's iced Easter biscuits

Kirstie Allsopp makes iced Easter biscuits.

Deborah Ross: Embarrassing bodies must be hard work

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Hérault wines

Ten vintage facts that wine lovers should know about the historic region’s vineyards. By Henry Palmer

Bethlehem a step too far for Palin's Israel visit

Sarah Palin, the US former vice presidential candidate, yesterday appeared to make an aborted trip to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, when her vehicle approached an Israeli checkpoint before turning back.

Path master: Liguria's five-star short cut

Hikers beware: Italy's most celebrated walk – the route through the Cinque Terre – is closed indefinitely. Happily, there is an alternative...

Traveller's Guide: Syria

Rogue state or not, this Middle Eastern nation is packed with attractions that will dazzle anyone who visits, says Matthew Teller

Catholics urged to give up meat

Catholics have been urged to give up meat or another favourite food on Fridays as an act of Lenten penance.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture