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More Labour voters “seriously consider” voting UKIP

Labour’s lead has been halved from six points to three in a ComRes opinion poll for The Indepe...

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Ed Balls on mansion tax

Here is a full transcript of the Shadow Chancellor, one of our most interesting politicians, intervi...

Lent to be observed by more than one in five UK adults

More than one in five British adults is planning to observe the Christian season of Lent when it starts tomorrow, according to a survey.

Archbishop to renew his evolution battle with Dawkins

The Archbishop of Canterbury and atheist Professor Richard Dawkins are set to go head to head to discuss the biggest unanswered question of them all.

B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull: 'penalised for their beliefs'

Christians outraged after court rulings 'push religion to margins'

Christian campaigners were left complaining that their faith has been "pushed to the margins" of British society yesterday after two separate rulings restricted its role in public life.

Arifa Akbar at Mecca hajj

Pilgrim's progress: Journey to the Heart of Islam

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam at the British Museum attempts to distil a spiritual experience into an art exhibition. Arifa Akbar, who has travelled to Mecca, is impressed

Pope Benedict XVI

Goodwill to all men – apart from the bankers

Christian leaders delivered a string of politically-charged sermons yesterday attacking financial greed – capping a year of tumultuous events that has often seen the religious establishment wrong-footed.

There's a reason for the rhyme, insists the rapping reverend

The parishioners of Uplyme in Devon are sticklers for yuletide tradition: get up, turkey in the oven, glass of Buck's Fizz, open the presents... then it's off to church through the morning mist to listen to the human beatboxing vicar.

Scientists say Turin Shroud is supernatural

Italian government scientists have claimed to have discovered evidence that a supernatural event formed the image on the Turin Shroud, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

Pope Benedict conducts Mass in London last year. The Vatican is accused of high-handedness

English Catholics braced for a Mass disturbance

Feelings are running high about the introduction of a new translation of the traditional liturgy

The End Of The World Again

There have always been doomsday predictions – and we're all still here. But is a new index which shows imminent Armageddon a cause for worry, wonders Ted Harrison

War of words breaks out among Jehovah's Witnesses

Attack on 'mentally diseased' worshippers who leave church provokes outcry

Mecca for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'

Historic and culturally important landmarks are being destroyed to make way for luxury hotels and malls, reports Jerome Taylor

Why Catholics could learn a lot from Islam

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, sings the praises of Ramadan – and reflection – to Jerome Taylor

First he ranted against Judaism, now he's making a film about it

Jews outraged as Mel Gibson plans new biopic of heroic warrior Judah Maccabee

Pope lambasts 'deplorable' China for imposing bishops on faithful

Deteriorating relations between Beijing and the Vatican look set to worsen after China's state-controlled Catholic church yesterday announced plans to ordain seven more bishops without papal approval.

Funeral prices to soar 50 per cent as Church feels effect of downturn

The Church of England is planning to increase the cost of funerals by nearly 50 per cent to bring consistent pricing across its parishes and raise extra revenue at a time of continued economic hardship.

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