Lords and Ladies of Byzantium

Ancient Greek culture, Roman law and Eastern Christianity all contributed to the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

Pope on a Mission to Surprise

Benedict XVI has confounded the critics who expected him to be a 'caretaker' pontiff

Saving the Pagans of Pakistan

This month's small charity making a big difference is the Hindu Kush Conservation Association

The Truth About the Historical Jesus

The leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls draws a portrait of Jesus the Jew

‘The past 11 years have shown that security isn't an issue that divides along party lines’

Getting to Know the Dalai Lama

The monk who has lead Tibetans for 68 years sees the Beijing Olympics as a chance to convert the Chinese to his cause

Jerusalem: No Via Media for Anglicans

Gafcon's message: that churches must return to the plain meaning of scripture, even at the risk of institutions

‘Trafalgar Square, where 45,000 of us had rallied, was full and fun but somehow very tranquil’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"