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ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied

With less than a week to go until the election, the Conservatives and Labour are tied in the latest ...

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Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?

For now at least, talk of an "exodus" from UK debt and a "Gilts strike" looks premature.

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.

Ancient articles of faith: Catholic antiquities

Whether you believe in the spiritual power of religious relics or not, the British Museum's exhibition of Catholic antiquities contains some wonderful art, says Adrian Hamilton

America's first Mormon president?

The Church of the Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest religions in the world. But can the Mormons convince America to vote one of their number into the White House?

An unorthodox way to talk it over

How do you persuade an ultra-insular community to speak out? Jessica Elgot, this year's winner of the Wyn Harness prize, reports

A million pilgrims see beatification of John Paul II

World leaders watch as Pope Benedict XVI brings his Polish predecessor a step closer to sainthood. Peter Popham reports from Rome

The Christian world celebrates Easter

People gathered around the Christian world to celebrate Easter Sunday, with Pope Benedict XVI using his Easter address to call for peace in North Africa and the Middle East.

You're through to the Pope: Benedict mulls big issues in TV first

Pope Benedict XVI avoided the controversies that have buffeted the Catholic Church during the past year in a carefully managed performance for his first ever televised question and answer session, screened yesterday.

Will the last person to leave the Church of England please turn out the lights

The Church of England is an institution in decline, with fewer worshippers than ever and dissent in its ranks. Could salvation come in the form of severing its ties with the State?

The moral formula: How facts inform our ethics

Can science help us tell right from wrong? Sam Harris certainly thinks so. Julian Baggini sits down with one of the 'four horsemen of atheism' to learn how facts can inform our ethics

Rangers and Celtic: Disunited they stand

Yesterday, Scottish authorities set out a plan to tackle Glasgow's football violence. But the Rangers and Celtic divide is part of the city's soul, argues Richard Wilson

Catholics urged to give up meat

Catholics have been urged to give up meat or another favourite food on Fridays as an act of Lenten penance.

Church prepares to beatify John Paul II

The late Pope John Paul II moved a big step closer to Roman Catholic sainthood yesterday when his successor approved a decree attributing a miracle to him and announced that he will be beatified on 1 May.

The bible that even atheists worship

Four hundred years ago, King James created his own version of the holy book. Andy McSmith discovers that this extraordinary work brings the faithful and non-believers together in appreciation of its dazzling use of language

My name is Peter and I'm a believer

George Carey may be telling Christians not to be ashamed, but devout Catholic Peter Stanford always worried that if he went public, he'd come across as a nutter. Now, he believes, it's time to lose his inhibitions

Hitchens defeats Blair in Canadian religion debate

Tony Blair told an audience member at a debate yesterday that his religious beliefs did not play a role in his decision to support the US invasion of Iraq - but the votes went 2-1 the way of his opponent, Christopher Hitchens.

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