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Catholics are more likely to vote Labour while Church of England worshippers most consistently back the Conservatives, according to new research.

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig

Australian DJs unlikely to be charged over Duchess of Cambridge prank phone call that led to nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death

Australian police have said that two Australian DJs were unlikely to be charged over a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, after which a nurse from Bristol died.

What would Jesus think of Christmas today?

The poor are scorned while this religious festival turns into a feast of consumerism

Harriet Walker: I am Christmas personified

A strange transformation has taken hold of me this festive season: I'm actually looking forward to it.

Mayan apocalypse prediction: China detains 100 people for spreading end of the world rumours, as California dashes for the survival bunkers

While China whispers, the USA is heading into full blown panic over doomsday prophecy

Adam Thompstone scored one of the best tries

Leicester pressure pays off in last-ditch escape

Benetton Treviso 13 Leicester Tigers 14

My godless city is full of Christian charity

Norwich topped the table for 'no religious belief' in the census, but the church is everywhere. Plus, why can't British girl groups dance?

The birth of a true Christmas special

'Call the Midwife' has met the challenge of 'Downton Abbey' and, like it, will air on Christmas Day. Gerard Gilbert joins its stars to find out what has made it such a huge hit
Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig. Their radio station is ‘reviewing its practices’

Royal prank-call DJs 'gutted and heartbroken' over death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Mel Greig and her colleague Michael Christian talk about the moment they were informed of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Editorial: A reminder that sectarianism lives on

One of the achievements of the peace process has been the gradual dismantling of ancient patterns in which Protestants dominated Catholics

Car bombs kill 34 in pro-Assad Damascus suburb

Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of Damascus loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the deadliest attack on the Syrian capital in months.

Composite of wedding rings placed on a Bible and a Muslim Marriage certificate

How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages.

Editorial: A decision that leaves the Church in the past

The CofE will have less credibility after the rejection of women bishops
Rose Hudson-Wilkin: Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the 51-year-old has been widely tipped to become the first female Church of England bishop

Clergy demand women bishops ahead of General Synod

More than 1,000 clergy and senior laity back the historic move in an open letter to The Independent

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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

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Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect