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The island of San Francesco del Deserto

Simon Raven’s 10-novel sequence Alms for Oblivion offers a window into upper-class mores, and also a terrible denunciation of modern life

Benedict XVI waves at a meeting with the Santa Cecilia association on Saturday (Photo: AP)

As the Pope says, the language is crucial for theologians. So much of St Augustine is lost in translation

Archbishop of Canterbury speculation
Confession is about our failure to respond to the Father’s love offered to us in Christ (Photo: PA)

How to make your best Confession ever

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith urges Catholics to enter the confessional with newfound courage

Both Parents Alzheimer's

The dementia time bomb

Soon 1 in 70 will suffer from dementia

Cannabis sativa, marihuana, hemp, plant

Tomorrow voters in three US states have the chance to help end failed war on drugs

Timeless     Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Unlike the pseudo-scripture of our age, the texts are timeless

Young boy dressed as a vampire for Halloween (Photo: PA)

Halloween is a post-Christian celebration which compels us to buy things which we don’t need. We should return to our Christian roots and throw All Saints parties instead.

399px-Estasi_di_Santa_Teresa

Catholicism needs more emphasis on beauty

Mideast Syria

The regime hopes for a Paris-style solution to its rebellion