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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.

Why Justin Webb gets the nod over Justin Welby

According to a YouGov poll, on the question of trust, respondents ranked a priest below a family doctor, a teacher, a judge and even a BBC news journalist

Pope leads Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis is celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, which is packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans.

Former archbishop Lord Carey attacks David Cameron for 'aggressive secularism' in the Government's approach to same-sex marriage

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the Prime Minister of doing more than any other recent  political leader to make Christians feel a “persecuted minority”.

Pope Francis leads the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday on March 29, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican

In pictures: Easter around the world

Faithful Christians around the world gathered together to commemorate the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, the day that is believed Jesus was crucified and killed by the Romans. Two days later he rises from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Trinity College Oxford, at the centre of the scandal

Uproar in Oxford as Trinity hosts Christian group with controversial views on homosexuality

An Oxford college is in hot water for hosting a conference for a religious group with controversial views about homosexuality.

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as hundreds of thousands gather for inauguration mass in St Peter's Square

Former cardinal  looked slightly awkward as he greeted Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe

Wilfrid Fox Napier, The Catholic Archbishop of Durban

South African cardinal who said paedophilia is 'not a criminal condition' apologises for offence

Cardinal Napier was among the conclave which elected the new Pope Francis

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist: Last known survivor of the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler

Arrested by the Gestapo, he survived by pretending to be 'young, stupid and unpolitical'

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis is both a continuation of the past and also something very different for the future

Whatever end of the spectrum they stand in, most Catholics know their church is in trouble. Pope Francis may just be the miracle they've been waiting for

No more smoke and mirrors; 'The Voice' and 'The Hunger Games'

Pope Idol: The Pope-pickers could have made things a bit more lively

John Walsh offers some tips for next time

Willie Mullins, trainer of Boston Bob

Cheltenham Festival: Boston Bob to score for Willie Mullins and set sights on future Gold Cup glory

The privileges of his position bring corresponding pressures to Ruby Walsh, who must juggle obligations and opportunities between the rival powerhouses of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins. The stakes are especially high today, as he has had to choose between two horses converging upon a race that might volunteer a future Gold Cup winner. In the end he went with Unioniste, which would seem to guarantee improvement on a narrow preparatory success, but it could yet be Walsh is made to regret his desertion of Boston Bob (2.40) in the RSA Chase.

Firefighters place the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals will gather to elect the new Pope

Pray for Cardinals as they elect new Pope, Archbishop of Westminster urges British Catholics

Roman Catholic leaders in Britain have called on the faithful to pray for the cardinals gathered in Rome on the eve of the conclave to elect a new pope.

A Muslim demonstrator burns a cross in Badami Bagh on Saturday

Neighbours' row ends in a holy war against Christians of Pakistan

Muslim mob goes on arson rampage in Lahore after alleged blasphemy

Double life: A lot has changed for Victor Moses since he came to England as an asylum seeker after his parents were killed

FA Cup: Orphaned Victor Moses feels very much at home with Chelsea

The motto of Whitgift school in Croydon is Vincit qui patitur – "He who perseveres, conquers". If there was a GCSE in perseverance, former pupil Victor Moses would have passed it in tandem with the others he achieved five years after arriving from Nigeria in tragic circumstances as an orphaned asylum seeker.

Matt Redman accepts his Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Godly rockers get their own holy hit parade

They say the Devil gets all the best tunes, but God, it seems, is getting his own Top 10.

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