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Edmund Burke, as painted by Joshua Reynolds

The father of modern conservatism offers fresh ideas for both Left and Right

The Perugia altarpiece depicting St Dominic

St Dominic (August 6) was one of the most influential figures in Christian history in the second millennium

'It is, unfortunately, too late for the New Missal; it will be many years before we can think of replacing it with a new version' (PA)

Spanish ambassador to London attends Mass at St James’s

A statue of Germanus in the Église Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris

St Germanus of Auxerre (August 3) led the Britons in a victory against Saxon raiders

The expectant couple: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (PA)

Royal naming patterns are conservative and predictable – but we can’t rule out another Princess Diana

Protester prepare placards opposing the papal visit to Britain in 2010 (AP)

Engaging the Church’s most vocal critics is risky, but ultimately worthwhile

Ben Summerskill receiving an OBE in 2009 (Johnny Green/PA)

In the first of our interviews with prominent critics of the Church, the Stonewall chief executive explains his views on same-sex marriage, the adoption agencies and Soho Masses

Anti-Morsi protesters celebrate in Cairo today
(Khalil Hamra/AP/Press Association Images)

Persecution of Christians has risen ‘exponentially’, says bishop

Christians are caught in the crossfire (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Damascus’s Christian heritage has a glorious past, a terrible present and uncertain future

Jim Carrey – has had enough of screen violence (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

Television and film violence has become too graphic, too pornographic and too boring