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Towards the end of this illuminating book, Larry Siedentop describes a fourteenth century battle between two Christian monastic orders. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were mendicant orders, begging monks who had abandoned the comforts of the cloisters to preach among the poor.

Reduced Shakespeare Company banned: Unionist council smites Bible comedy

A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas: Film review

(15) Arnaud des Pallières, 122 mins Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kros

The video of a dolphin is shocking, but is it just because it reminds us of ourselves?

We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges

Christians are considered 'homophobic' and 'misogynistic' by some says former Archbishop of Canterbury

Rowan Williams said Christians can at times face 'petty harassment' if they announce their faith

Believers walk past Salt Lake Temple ahead of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ biannual meeting in Salt Lake City

Mormon leader Dieter Uchtdorf says church has 'made mistakes'

Speech seen as effort at modernising a growing religion with a history of squashing dissent

Book review: Band of Angels, By Kate Cooper

In its earliest centuries, the religion of outcasts and rebels had women at its heart

Great works: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (c.1496-8) by Albrecht Dürer

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Saeed al-Shihri, deputy leader of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula

Confirmed: US drone strike killed key al-Qa'ida leader Saeed al-Shihri in Yemen

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner was hit last year but Yemen branch has just announced death

Book of the week: The Divine Comedy, By Dante, translated by Clive James

A lifetime's practice of poetry equips James, as translator and interpreter, to scale this summit

John Paul II’s canonisation is likely to be on 20 October

Former pope, John Paul II, close to being declared a saint

His canonisation is likely to be on 20 October, just after the 35th anniversary of his election

Atheists may still experience everlasting bliss

Is there a modern version of hell that avoids the medieval image of demons thrusting the souls of the damned into hellfire? Indeed there is. In Catholic circles, hell is defined as an eternity spent in the absence of God.

Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

Page 3 Profile: Dr Jeffrey John, dean of St Albans

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Google Doodle celebrates Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard 'the father of existentialism'

Kierkegaard's work encompasses, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, fiction and theology

‘Miracle’ could see John Paul II canonised in record time

Pope John Paul II could be canonised by October, eight years after his death, according to Vatican sources quoted in the Italian press that say the additional miracle required for his next step towards sainthood has already been identified.

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New Yorkers raise a glass to Mad Men

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Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud at the wall until it sticks

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Daniel Brühl: 'Envy is very German'

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Celebrating 100 years of Leica

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