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

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian: Priest who spent 20 years in jail under Mao

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who died on 27 April aged 96, revived the Catholic church in Shanghai after years of Maoist persecution. His death leaves one of China's largest and wealthiest dioceses deeply unsettled, riven by tensions generated by the Communist Party's insistence on tightly controlling all organised religions.

Gang members in plot to murder English Defence League supporters used dark and seedy gym that became hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists

The six bomb plotters trained at a dark and seedy gym that has proved to be the hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists.

Seeing is believing: The best eye creams and serums

The old adage that prevention is better than cure is particularly fitting when it comes to the delicate eye area. A little bit of pre-emptive TLC before any signs of ageing set in is far friendlier to the face (and wallet) than resorting to the services of a surgeon to smooth out crow's feet and erase fine lines once the damage is done.

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'

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Orthodox Jews set to lose out as Netanyahu approves Western Wall reform

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given his approval to a plan that will reform praying at Judaism's holiest location, the Western Wall, in a move that will wrest control of the site from orthodox Jews for the first time.

Costs aside, earning again won’t be easy for Chris Huhne

Even if they succeed in beating down the level of costs demanded by the prosecution, Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce will emerge from prison many thousands of pounds worse off than they were when they went in, and will need to earn money.

Philippe Jordan, Orchestre de L'Opéra De Paris Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel (Naïve)

Album review: Philippe Jordan, Orchestre de L'Opéra De Paris Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel (Naïve)

The Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris has supported adventurous ballet productions throughout the past century, and here offers a spirited programme of three iconic works of late-19th/early-20th-century modernism, now such staples of the canon it's hard to imagine the outrage they once incited.

Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral

'The calm after the storm of life': The address by the Bishop of London Richard Chartres at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Baroness Thatcher’s life, lived in the “heat of political controversy”, has now been replaced by a “great calm”, The Bishop of London said, as he paid tribute to a “wife, mother and grandmother” and not the “mythological” figure she became in public as he delivered the address at her funeral service in St Paul's Cathedral.

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A French supporter of the Indian cause, who refused to give his name, left, holds a flag of the American Indian Movement and an American exchange student, member of the Arizona's Hopi tribe, Bo Lomahquahu, right, stand outside of the Druout's auction house to protest the auction of Native American Hopi tribe masks in Paris

Native American tribe fail to block Paris auction of ritual masks

A contested auction of dozens of Native American tribal masks went ahead today despite appeals by the Hopi tribe and the US government to a Paris court for a delay.

Secretly-married priest jailed for sex assault on 17-year-old girl

A secretly-married priest who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in what a judge described as an “enormous breach of trust” was today jailed for six months.

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