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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.

Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea

Allowing me the freedom to take my pension as a lump sum on retirement will, likely as not, mean tha...

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely p...

The Dalai Lama: A very earthly representative

For 60 years, the Dalai Lama has been a spiritual leader and an emblem of dispossession. He's also appeared in adverts, charmed celebrities and gained a million followers on Twitter. John Walsh charts the virtues and vices of a thoroughly modern monk

Is anybody out there – with a soul?

The galaxy could be filled with dozens of planets capable of supporting life, according to a new study. But finding ET would force many of us to think the theologically unthinkable, argues David Whitehouse.

Archbishop of Westminster urges Catholics to be more visible

Catholics are being urged to make themselves more visible by making the sign of the cross and saying "God bless you" more often.

Archbishop supports celibate gay bishops

Gay bishops do not pose a problem for the Church of England as long as they remain celibate, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Catholic primary school set to convert to Islamic faith

A Roman Catholic primary school in the heart of an Asian community in Lancashire looks set to become the first in the country to convert to an Islamic faith school.

Catholic Church struggles to raise funds for Pope's visit

With just over a month to go before the Pope arrives in Britain, the Catholic Church is facing a £2.6m shortfall in donations needed to pay for the visit.

Jewish leaders angry at clash with Yom Kippur

Jewish leaders have protested strongly in private over the timing of an address by Pope Benedict XVI to the Houses of Parliament.

Worshippers wary of a leader who speaks from head not heart

The Church has a vital message – but can Benedict convey it? Paul Vallely reports

Ramadan and me: A month in the life of British Muslims

Islam's month of daylight abstinence starts on Wednesday and, for the faithful in Britain, it is particularly tough. Rachel Shields asks how they prepare

This is the weekend for...Preparations for Ramadan

Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, begins on Wednesday.

Made in his own image: The Catholic Church faces another scandal

Joseph Ratzinger is having a terrible year. But as the Catholic Church faces yet another scandal, blame is falling on its most popular figure of modern times, Pope John Paul II, writes Peter Popham

Beatification of Newman is scaled down

The beatification of Cardinal Newman, one of the key ceremonies in the Pope's forthcoming visit to Britain, has been dramatically scaled down, disappointing thousands of pilgrims.

Church's call for religious judges is rejected by Court of Appeal

A senior judge delivered a stinging rebuke to the former Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday as he rejected demands for Christian discrimination cases to be heard only by judges with a "proven sensitivity and understanding of religious issues".

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