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Relic is considered to be of great religious significance

Anger as Pius moves closer to sainthood

One month before his first synagogue visit, Pope Benedict advances the case of his 'silent' predecessor

Santa Claus 'buried in Ireland'

The saint who the legend of Santa Claus is based on is believed to be buried in Kilkenny, according to local historians.

Kingsley Jones: 'In my day we'd all just play injured'

Sale's biggest names have moved on, and there's a queue for the physio's room. But as he faces Quins in the Heineken Cup, coach Kingsley Jones tells Chris Hewett why he's happy to stick with home-grown talents

Forgotten author No 44: Luis van Rooten

Once again the shops are flooded with books based on TV shows, war-time hobbies and compendia of schoolboy knowledge played for ironic laughs. Who would have thought there was money to be made from clipping children's pastimes out of Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia? Christmas wasn't always a cue to make money from old rope, though. In the past, there have been some inspired comic volumes, and it's a pleasure to see that Luis Ricardo Carlos Fernand d'Antin y Zuloaga van Rooten's masterpiece is back in bookstores this December.

I prayed to Cardinal and walked again, says deacon

A US Roman Catholic deacon spoke today of how the agonising pain he had suffered from a spinal disorder disappeared after praying to the revered English Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Allen seals Tigers win over workaday Saints

Leicester 29 Northampton 15

Saints outgun Sharks as Geraghty presses claim

Northampton 21 Sale 16

Geraghty puts cautious case for place at the top table

Northampton 21 Sale 16: Saints fly-half withdrawn with match still in balance while Lawes and Foden give Johnson timely nudge

Cipriani stars as Wasps repel late Saints' siege

Wasps 20 Northampton 15

The miracle of Saint Thérèse

We rarely go to church, yet tens of thousands of us have flocked to see the remains of a 19th-century nun as they tour Britain. Why? Paul Vallely looks for answers in Preston

Lovelorn Cypriots ravage historic tomb of saint

Unhappy lovers in Cyprus have been taking so much stone from the tomb of Saint Agapitikos to use in love potions that soon there won't be any left.

I'm no saint: Berlusconi breaks silence

Italian Prime Minister tries to laugh off sex-tape allegations

1,100 jobs at risk as Allied Carpets is rolled up

Allied Carpets, the UK's second biggest flooring retailer, collapsed into administration yesterday, putting more than 1,100 jobs at risk as the depressed housing market claimed another high-street name.

Cardinal Newman moves step closer to sainthood

Campaigners for the canonisation of John Paul Newman are praying for another miracle after the Pope confirmed that the Cardinal was responsible for curing a case of spinal debility more than 100 years after his death.

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