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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.

Phony cleric breaks cardinal rule by trying to sneak in Rome congregation ahead of conclave to elect new Pope

An Italian man almost managed to sneak into a private meeting of Catholic officials in Rome yesterday after dressing as a cardinal.

A conclave haunted by the pope next door

Insiders are ready for a factious, fractious conclave... 10 men are in with a chance

The posters were a pun on a similar campaign run by the gay rights group Stonewall which used the slogan: “Some people are gay, get over it”.

'Gay cure' group takes TfL to court over banned advert

A Christian group who believe gay men and women can be “cured” of their homosexual leanings is taking London Underground to court over an advert that was banned from the city’s buses and trains.

Editorial: The new pope must take on the Vatican

In his fight against vested interests, Benedict XVI retires defeated

Pope Benedict XVI: There have been times when 'it seemed like the Lord was sleeping' during my papacy

Pope Benedict XVI told the crowd he had sought advice from God and had made the decision to resign for the Church and not himself

Former Catholic archbishop says Cardinals will have to address child abuse scandals at meeting to elect Pope

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor says new head should be 'capable of addressing needed reforms'

Editorial: The fine line between justice and a witch-hunt

It did not take the Vatican long to accept the resignation of the head of the Scottish Catholic Church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien. With Pope Benedict set to leave office on Thursday, speed was of the essence. But speedy, too, was the Cardinal's recognition that, whatever the strength of the allegations against him – and he has rejected them – the interests of the Church were unlikely to be served by his hanging on until his retirement next month. That judgement was surely right. His resignation was tendered a week ago, although it was only made public yesterday.

Head of Cameron’s local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage

The chairwoman of David Cameron’s local Conservative branch has resigned in protest at his support for gay marriage.

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, are being investigated by the Pope

Vatican to investigate top Catholic cleric O’Brien over ‘inappropriate acts’

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric are being investigated by the Pope, the Vatican said today.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien 'has right to choose next Pope'

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the former archbishop of Westminster said today.

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by announcing his resignation

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi criticises rumours surrounding Pope's resignation

Comments come days after report in Italian newspaper that claims a 'gay network' within the Vatican influenced pontiff's departure

Hitler's Philosophers, By Yvonne Sherratt

This book tells the disturbing and important story of how major thinkers abetted genocide

A view of the convent of Mater Ecclesiae, the new residence of Pope Benedict XVI after his retirement, in Vatican City

Pope Benedict will get a pension worth €2,500-a-month

Pope Benedict XVI will receive a €2,500-a-month pension (£2,100) when he abdicates at the end of February and adopts the more modest title of Emeritus Bishop of Rome.

Thousands attend Pope Benedict XVI's blessing

Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.

Potential Popes - top row from left: Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bottom row from left : Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet

Pope Benedict XVI might be off – but his conservative allies are still there

Of the 120 electors who get to vote 67 of them have been appointed by Benedict

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