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Scottish independence makes no economic sense whatsoever

The question is whether the citizens of a future Scottish state believe that the apparent emotional ...

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

Scotland's banks have vast balance sheets, worth more than twelve times the country's £150bn GDP. Th...

Are the Scots really sucking up a massive subsidy?

Public service spending per head in Scotland is is higher than in England. But it's lower than in No...

Church warned not to breach abusive priests' human rights

The Vatican's fight-back against a lawsuit that names the Pope as a defendant in a sexual abuse scandal was mired yesterday by further revelations of abuse and controversial comments from a senior Catholic cleric defending the church's history of sheltering abusive priests.

Heaven: A fool's paradise

Why do the majority of Britons still believe in life after death? Heaven isn't a wonderful place filled with light – it is a pernicious construct with a short and bloody history, writes Johann Hari

Holocaust denial costs bishop £10,000

Controversial cleric claimed Nazis did not kill Jews in gas chambers

Pope ventures out of Rome – but victims of church abuse lie in wait

If Benedict XVI thought Malta would provide a gentle reintroduction to touring, he's wrong, says Michael Day

'They do quiz nights and dating. Why not a debate about Jesus?'

"The pub is like the modern-day confession box," says Martin Kadhim, a 30-year-old business manager from Devon. "Say I've got a problem, I'm having a hard time at work, I've got someone pregnant – I'll come to the pub, see my mates and talk about it. If there happened to be a vicar there, it might offer a fresh perspective."

Pope Benedict XVI: The apologist

He was supposed to be a safe pair of hands. But five years into the job, Joseph Ratzinger is caught in an unprecedented papal storm

Preacher likens treatment of Pope to the Holocaust

Benedict XVI's personal priest says targeting of pontiff over child abuse is like violence inflicted on Jews

Miracle under scrutiny in John Paul beatification

The Vatican this week marks the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death amid some doubts that the miracle needed for his saint-making cause will stand up to scrutiny and questions about his record combatting pedophile priests.

Pope condemns critics over abuse scandal 'gossip'

Pope Benedict launches broadside against critics who have called on him to do more to explain his previous role as the Vatican’s head investigator of child abuse claims.

Nurse to go to tribunal in row over cross

A Christian nurse re-assigned to an office role after refusing to take off a necklace bearing a cross will take her case to an employment tribunal next week, a hospital said today.

Bishops claim bias against Christians

Senior bishops today claimed Christians in Britain are being "treated with disrespect" while followers of other faiths are dealt with more sensitively.

The priest who abused deaf boys for 24 years

Fr Murphy was the only adult his pupils could communicate with – and he betrayed them. Andy McSmith reports

Vatican goes into battle for Benedict as sexual abuse crisis deepens

Spokesman says Pope knew nothing about reassigning paedophile priest

Victims accuse Pope of keeping abuser's secret

Office headed by Benedict XVI declined to defrock priest who molested deaf children
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