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Doctor found guilty but not convicted in Spain ‘stolen baby’ case

The court found former gynaecologist Eduardo Vela guilty of taking Ines Madrigal, now 49, away from her mother as a newborn in 1969

Keeping the faith

Organised religion, which tells us to believe in invisible things, does not tackle real suffering

Mother Teresa will achieve sainthood this weekend – 19 years after her death

The nun was beatified in 2003 after the procedure to establish her case for sainthood was started two years after her death instead of the usual five.

A reminder that saints walk among us

Twenty-five years ago in Venda, a man died for his beliefs at the hands of a vicious mob. Now he is poised to become South Africa's first saint.

Pope’s visit to Mexico not welcome by all

Pope Benedict arrived in Mexico this weekend promising to "unmask the evil" of drug trafficking in a country ravaged by gang violence.

Lively debate among Catholics on pope condom remarks

The pope's view that condoms can sometimes be used to fight Aids has kindled a lively debate among Roman Catholic theologians and commentators.

Succession questions after Paisley announces departure

Northern Ireland's largest Protestant party scrambled on Wednesday to secure a seamless transfer of power after its firebrand leader, Ian Paisley, announced his departure, drawing tributes from all sides. Paisley said on Tuesday he would step down as Democratic Unionist Party head in May.

Archbishop Christodoulos, Greece’s vocal head cleric, dies at 69

The head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, who died on January 28 aged 69 after a seven-month battle with liver cancer, was a charismatic orator who captivated and divided Greek society with his strong views on nationalism and church-state relations.

Vatican paper criticises Golden Compass

The Vatican newspaper <i>L'Osservatore Romano</i> has criticised the children's film <i>The Golden Compass</i> starring Nicole Kidman, calling it "anti-Christmas". Co-starring British actor Daniel Craig, the film is a "fantasy saga with 1960s sauce," the paper said in its Tuesday evening edition.

The Kleenex option a cardinal rule, Wilf

Hoping you'll pardon the familiarity, taking liberties with your first name and all. But in my business, as you know, everyone is on a first name basis. You know, "Leonardo", "Angelina", "Paris". Though I haven't yet been graced with the pleasure of having you on my couch, I feel like we really know each other. For one, we have more in common than you'd believe ...

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