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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.

No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the Apostle Peter

Are they relics of St Peter? The Vatican says it doesn’t matter

Bones discovered under basilica in 1939 exhibited in public for first time

Fighting turns sectarian as militias battle rebels in Central African Republic

About 2,000 people have sought refuge in a Catholic mission after heavy fighting broke out in the volatile north-west, aid workers said.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

'Church of England is one generation away from extinction': Time to end arguments, says Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu

Criticism comes as after former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, told a conference that more must done to attract young people into the Church

Pope Francis

Pope Francis sends out survey to ask Catholics about gay sex, abortion and contraception

Share your views on how difficult it is to practice what's preached. Envelope enclosed,says Pope.

Baroness Warsi has responsibility for faith communities

Persecution threatens 'extinction' of Christianity in ancient homelands, warns Baroness Warsi

Christianity is threatened by extinction in some parts of the world where Christian communities are persecuted because they are a minority, a Government minister has warned.

The Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury: I'm told to stick to God when I intervene in politics

Justin Welby defends right of Christians to speak out on political issues

A new documentary, 'Sleepless Nights', follows the stories of two people caught up in the Lebanese civil war

Postcard from...Beirut

Iskander Zakharia was 26 in May 1985, when three armed men came to his family’s home to “ask him some questions”. “We’ve not seen him since,” says his sister Lina, “but we believe he is still alive.”

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that expensive Christmas presents could damage relationships if they leave people short of money

Expensive Christmas can ‘spoil life’, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that expensive Christmas presents could damage relationships if they leave people short of money.

Messianic Judaism – the best of both creeds

For Jews to become Christians, do they have to renounce their Jewish way of life?

Campaigners ramp up pressure for minimum army recruitment age of 18

Campaigners and religious groups are increasing pressure on the Ministry of Defence to raise the recruitment age from 16 to 18

Postcard from... Naples

A senior church figure in southern Italy has added another transgression to the list of sinful activities: environmental destruction.

Vatican misspells Jesus on Pope Francis commemorative coins

Embarrassing gaffe sees Latin inscription call the Christian Messiah 'Lesus'

State schools ‘an open door for evangelical groups to push creationism,’ warns study

National Secular Society calls on Government to introduce stricter codes of conduct

Peter and Hazelmary Bull outside their Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall

Christian owners of Chymorvah Hotel who refused to allow gay couple to stay in double room take legal fight to Supreme Court

Peter and Hazelmary Bull regard any sex outside marriage as a 'sin' but deny either direct or indirect discrimination

The teaching of Christianity is ‘inadequate’ in one in three primary schools, according to the Ofsted report

Ofsted says religious education teaching 'not good enough'

Damning report comes as no surprise to education lobbyists and a teachers' union

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