News Archbishop Welby had previously spoken out against payday lenders such as Wonga

The  Church of England has appointed a New York-based specialist to screen its portfolio of assets in the wake of its embarrassing Wonga debacle last year.

Pope Francis named Time Magazine's person of the Year: The new spiritual leader on the block

The award recognises impact, not ethics. But in the Pope's case, we have a voice reminding us of tenderness, mercy and compassion

Women dance in the pews at St Martin-in-the-Fields church

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Little South Africa comes to a church in London

From the courtroom, during that historic speech, you “could hear the police dogs baying outside in the square” where two lines of police were “barring the large crowds singing in support of their heroes”.

The dedication ceremony at the Church of Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, last month

Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling

The Supreme Court judgment  has profound consequences, meaning it could gain charitable status – and opens the floodgates to claims by other organisations

The body of Pc Kirsty Nelis is carried into St Andrews Cathedral during her funeral in Glasgow after a police helicopter crashed

Glasgow helicopter crash: funeral held for Pc Kirsty Nelis just minutes' walk from tragedy site

Colleagues of a police constable who died when the helicopter she was in crashed through the roof of a pub have joined mourning relatives at her funeral.

Scientologist Louisa Hodkin with her fiance Alessandro Calcioli

UK set for first Scientology Church wedding after Supreme Court rules it a ‘place of worship’

Scientologist Louisa Hodkin had brought legal action after the registrar general refused to allow her wedding service to be held at the organisation’s London chapel

Nelson Mandela dead: Giant laser image of Madiba projected onto Table Mountain, Cape Town

A giant laser image of Nelson Mandela has been projected onto Table Mountain in South Africa in an illuminated tribute to the late leader.

Pope Francis says he owes his life to a group of nuns who worked in a hospital whilst he was suffering from a recurring lung problem

Pope Francis reveals how a nun saved his life when he was just 21

Incident occurred whilst the pontiff was in hospital due to a lung problem

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Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled 'a terrorist', the Archbishop of Canterbury said

Nelson Mandela was no terrorist, says Justin Welby

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled “a terrorist”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said at a service of thanksgiving for his life on Sunday.

Tributes at Mandela’s home in Houghton

The death of Nelson Mandela: In churches, mosques, synagogues and halls, they came to pray for Madiba

Millions of South Africans unite in a day of remembrance

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World Cup 2014 draw: The run down on England's group opponents Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica

Glenn Moore runs the rule of the sides England will face in Group D

Coogan in 'Philomena' with Judi Dench

Real-life Philomena says film is not 'anti-Catholic'

A New York Post review described the film as '90 minutes of organised hate'

The Houses of Parliament form part of a Unesco World Heritage Site

All rise: Parliament’s £1bn restoration may make MPs homeless

Experts say that 2020 is the final deadline for deciding whether one of the world’s oldest buildings is to be saved for future generations

'Thou shalt not wear trainers!' - Pope Francis reveals he worked as a bouncer in Buenos Aires

During an informal chat with followers the 266th Pope revealed that as student he worked in a bar and did some work as a bouncer

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