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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.

An Egyptian holds up a banner of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo

Egypt: Supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi turn on Christians in angry backlash

Scores killed and many wounded as Coptic churches and properties are hit by violent mobs

Elizabeth and Robert Maxwell at a film premiere in 1989

Robert Maxwell’s ever-loyal widow Betty dies, aged 92

She is understood to have known nothing of crooked publishing mogul's £600m fraud

Muslim scholar sees book sales surge thanks to Fox News

Presenter Lauren Green repeatedly asked Reza Aslan why he, as a Muslim, had written about Jesus

'Most embarrassing Fox News interview ever' sends Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus to number 1 in the Amazon book charts

A respected academic, who just happens to be Muslim, was challenged by a Fox News anchor as to why he was qualified to write about Christ

Tom Hodgkinson: The best thing to do after learning new information is to take a nap

Dr Johnson's favourite book was Robert Burton's bestselling 17th-century self-help guide The Anatomy of Melancholy. This exhaustive manual on madness and depression, first published in 1621, was so popular that, it was said, its publisher "got an estate by it". Johnson said it was the only book which would get him out of bed early.

Paperback review: Christianophobia, By Rupert Shortt

Rupert Shortt seeks to draw attention to a strangely under-reported problem: the worldwide persecution of Christians. Some 200 million Christians are under serious threat, predominantly in Muslim countries.

Nigeria cattle rustling feud leaves more than 30 dead

Community leaders say men believed to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Tarok farmers in reprisal for cattle thefts in country's Plateau state

Archbishop of Canterbury accused of snubbing Palestinians on first trip to the Holy Land

The Archbishop today took to Twitter in order to respond to the claims saying he had "wanted to stay longer and go further, see old friends in Bethlehem"

‘The mood was one of resignation’: Death comes to Straight Street in Damascus

Patrick Cockburn sees five lives lost in the bombing of a Christian quarter of the Syrian capital

Poll: Are the Girl Guides right to drop God?

The Girl Guides and Brownies have dropped references to religion and patriotism from their official oath in an effort to welcome "all girls, of all faiths and none."

Cairo's Nasr City court sentenced Ahmed Abdullah and his son was given a suspended sentence of eight years over the same incident, the Middle East News Agency reported

Egyptian Muslim cleric receives suspended sentence for burning Bible

A hard-line Muslim cleric received an 11-year suspended sentence today for tearing up and burning a Bible, Egypt's official news agency said.

Pooled labour: Ulrich Seidl's 'Love' explores the realities of sex tourism

Film review: Paradise: Love - If you want sex on the beach, prepare for the gritty truth

You might well think that Austrian director Ulrich Seidl takes a dim view of human nature. His Dog Days (2001) depicted the Vienna suburbs as hell on earth, while Import/Export (2007) set dim-witted Austrian thugs loose in a decayed Eastern Europe, while a Ukrainian nurse tried to survive in a horrifically inhospitable West. Yet you can detect a wry tenderness in his new trilogy Paradise, although you have to reach the final episode, Hope, for it to blossom into something like fondness for humanity. In the opening chapter Love, Seidl seems to give us human nature at its worst.

Pope Francis (left) will meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (right), for the first time this week

Pope Francis to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time in Rome

Both claim an interest in global justice and financial regulation, as well as a common distaste for gay marriage

Atheists may still experience everlasting bliss

Is there a modern version of hell that avoids the medieval image of demons thrusting the souls of the damned into hellfire? Indeed there is. In Catholic circles, hell is defined as an eternity spent in the absence of God.

Hell depicted in an engraving by Gustave Dore, illustrating Canto XXV of Dante’s Inferno, written circa 1310

What the Hell? Vatican caught in two minds over damnation for non-believers

The ‘infallible’ Pope’s proclamation that atheists will go to heaven has led to a rebuke from officials who declared they will go to hell. Jonathan Owen reports on the controversy

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