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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.

Pope Francis appeared to say non-believers could still go to heaven

Catholic Church confirms atheists still go to hell, after Pope Francis suggests they might go to heaven

Spokesman says people who choose not to enter the Church 'cannot be saved'

Geza Vermes: Translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Geza Vermes, who died on 8 May at the age of 88, was a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls acclaimed for his books exploring the Jewish background of Christ. The scrolls were a cache of documents written between 200 BC and AD 200 discovered in caves at Qumran, near Jericho, between 1947 and 1956. Vermes published the first English translation of the scrolls in 1962. The scrolls gave an insight to Jewish practices and thought at the time Jesus was preaching, and they informed books by Vermes on the historical Jesus beginning with Jesus the Jew (1973); The Authentic Gospel of Jesus (2003) was a commentary on all the sayings attributed to Jesus in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay boys

The Boy Scouts of America has thrown open its ranks to gay youngsters, but not adult leaders, in a compromise that some warned could fracture the organisation and lead to mass defections.

Andrei Molodkin - Catholic Blood in the Rose Window of Westminster Abbey, 2013

Pope Francis: Being an atheist is alright as long as you do good

Pope Francis has said that atheists should be seen as good people as long as they do good, in a move to urge people of all religions - or no religion at all - to get along.

Census figures show Christianity in sharp decline while belief in Islam dramatically increases

More than one in 10 under-25s in the UK now describe themselves as Muslim

Grigsby in 1987

Michael Grigsby: Film-maker whose work gave a voice to the voiceless

Over half a century of film-making, the documentary director Michael Grigsby gave a voice to the voiceless, in their own environment. "I always believed that we don't listen enough to the ordinary people," he once said. "We don't give them enough time and space to be themselves."

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Shamed Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien leaving Scotland 'for penance time' following inappropriate sexual conduct revelations

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has confirmed.

David Moyes

How David Moyes and 'the god squad' infuriated a former team-mate with their Christian faith

The new Manchester United manager has deep-seated Christian beliefs

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Shamed church leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien: ‘I didn’t always go on the right path’

Former leader of the Catholic church in Britain breaks silence to speak of 'difficult time' since admission of inappropriate behaviour

Cautionary tales: A prolific writer

Invisible Ink: No 170 - Hilaire Belloc

One of the residents of Chelsea's illustrious Cheyne Walk, along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, George Eliot and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Anglo-French poet, essayist and historian Hilaire Belloc was born in 1870, and famously said: "When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."

Nearly four out of ten single churchgoers said they often felt 'inadequate or ignored'

Isolated: single Christians feel unsupported by family-focused churches

Women not in steady relationship 'treated as threats to couples'

Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

Album review: Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes. Good ol' boys, for instance, are sure to enjoy the likes of “Outstanding in Our Field”, a celebration of the blue-collar budget delights of tapping a keg of beer round a campfire.

Coptic Pope rebukes Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over clashes at cathedral

The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has criticised the Islamist President over his handling of recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo.

Coptic Christians: The minority who are an
easy target in tough times

The Egyptian military’s crackdown on Coptic Christian protesters 18 months ago was one of the most chilling attacks on the country’s Christian minority in recent years.

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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Pot of gold

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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

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Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

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