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What’s really happening to rents?

Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Stati...

The Battle of Hastings

Guest post by Tom Doran People like me know the script when it comes to defending Israel against its...

A crunch is coming for higher education funding

Whoever wins the next election will face a very difficult situation

Cloth of gold: The glittering return of the Turin Shroud

The Turin Shroud captivates the faithful, intrigues even the sceptical – and earns the Catholic Church a fortune. What is it about this ancient relic that makes it so special? Michael Day reports from Italy on this spring's real blockbuster exhibition

Edge of reason: The lonely reign of Benedict XVI

The authoritarian leader of the world's Catholics promised to restore the purity of his church. So why is it still plagued by scandal upon scandal? Peter Popham reports

'Miracle' doubts delay sainthood for John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's fast-track to sainthood is in danger of derailment after doubts were cast yesterday on the prerequisite miracle, in which the former pontiff was said to have cured a nun of Parkinson's disease.

Christian 'homosexual cure' conference sparks protests

Being gay is not an illness, say demonstrators as they picket Belfast church

Church sidesteps gay issue at Synod debate

The Church of England's General Synod avoided yet another damaging schism yesterday. It sidestepped an attempt by evangelicals to officially recognise a controversial sect of American Anglicans who have formed their own church in protest at the growing acceptance of homosexuality.

MoD holds fire on Bible references in gun sights

The Ministry of Defence will not be ordering troops to remove coded references to the Bible from a range of specialist gun sights that are being used by British units in Afghanistan, The Independent has learned.

As priest numbers fall, even Catholic Spain is not immune to a crisis of faith

With seminaries all but empty and many clerics fast approaching retirement, almost half the country's parishes have no priest

Mark Steel: What creationists really hate is that we emerged by accident

If all species were designed, it was hardly by someone intelligent

Life 'meaningless' for one in 10 young adults

One in 10 young people believed life was not worth living or was meaningless, according to an "alarming" new report today.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Spare me the tears over the white working class

Even those who claim to speak for immigrants flock to indulge them

Christina Patterson: Let's raise a glass (but not at a party)

New Year's Eve on your own? You're the saddest person in the world

Christina Patterson: One thing Britain does well is religion

Our state religion has been unobtrusive to the point of anaemic
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