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'We think of Henry VIII and the destruction of the monasteries, but that was not the end of the destruction, it marked the beginning'

‘Bigot’ is the latest of a long line of insults thrown at Catholics

St Agatha

The Roman martyr refused to worship the gods of the state

The Playboy logo is pictured in Los Angeles (AP)

Nineteen Eighty-Four is scarily prescient about porn’s impact on society

A family in Paraguay, like in Kenya, can't rely on a generous welfare state (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

How can we revive family life in Britain?

The family is the original safety net. But, for many of us, it’s just not there any more

Germany Holocaust

The Shoah is hinted at in inhumanity all around us

POPE ARRIVES TO CELEBRATE MASS IN PALERMO

But the island is home to great beauty

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION SHOWS PRIEST CLEANING COMMUNION VESSELS

The Eight Secrets of a Good Mass

And four ways the faithful can help

Royal visit to Cambridgeshire

Despite the Prince’s fears, the Church of England has been led by Catholics, Presbyterians and Lutherans before

Sharon Shoesmith, former head of children's services at Haringey (Photo: PA)

The scapegoating makes people feel good about themselves but hinders a proper moral investigation of the baby’s death

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones. The painting took 17 years to complete

It is the nearest thing the English have to a mythology