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German bishops at war

Communion for Protestants has split the German Church – and now it’s the Vatican’s problem

Despite the entire political class pushing for abortion, the polls are surprisingly close

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer brings her faith into the public square. Will it stop her speedy rise to the top of German politics?

Cardinal Meisner’s life reminds us there was once a very different kind of German Catholicism

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The Irish Church has lost its fervour, yet retains its fierce independence. But without outside intervention, it will continue to flounder

The new push to end priestly celibacy

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Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organised and influential. But can they persuade Pope Francis to make such a radical change?

How Francis can save the Jesuits

The world’s largest male religious order is suffering an identity crisis and a decline in vocations. Can the first Jesuit pontiff lead it out of the doldrums?

Belgium’s crisis of faith

Its Church is dogged by empty pews, scandals and a hierarchy beguiled by the latest social trends. Soon it could become little more than a heritage agency for ancient churches

Old-style socialists like Jeremy Corbyn may be atheists but they are less likely than the liberal Left to be ideologically opposed to religion

Author and actor Eric Bogosian has created a work of history that reads more like a spy thriller