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The ruins of Reading Abbey, which was founded by Henry I in 1121 (AP)

Being an English Catholic in the first two thirds of the 20th century was rather like being Jewish

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

Prince Charles greets the supremely gifted James MacMillan (Photo: PA)

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich

Cilla: a delightful Catholic lady (Photo: PA)

Cilla’s funeral was always going to have a showbizzy flavour. But it needn’t have watered down Catholic tradition

Fr Robert Barron: the first Catholic priest who has truly mastered new media [CNS]

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

Lord Tebbit outside the Grand Hotel in Brighton (PA)

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

People attend a prayer service at an evangelical church in Leon, Mexico (CNS)

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

'You are really spoiling us': a tempting cluster of Ferrero Rocher

The family synod showed that the Church is still struggling to come to terms with the digital era

An actor plays Frédéric Ozanam in an advertisement promoting the Society of St Vincent de Paul's work

An experience at a hospital has made me realise just how extraordinary the Society of St Vincent de Paul really is