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Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

The recent scandals in the NHS highlight our society’s lack of respect for old people. We should offer more help to families caring for relatives, but we also have to change our attitude towards the elderly

David and Theresa Yeates laying flowers at Longwood Lane, Failand, where their daughter Joanna's body was found Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The details of the case have been distressing: surely the jury can hear these in private?

Nora Wall, left, leaves Dublin's Court of Criminal Appeal in 2005 after being declared the victim of a miscarriage of justice (Photo: PA)
The Château de Compiègne

The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compiègne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the Revolution

The press jumped to conclusions about the guilt of Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (Photo: PA)

The news media do not come out well, either. The obsession with Knox’s looks was infantile

The Basilica of St Martin in Tours

In Tours a fine basilica was built on the site of a vast medieval church knocked down during the Revolution

Professor Wangari Maathai (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

The late Nobel Prize winner never forgot her debt to the Loreto Sisters

Tristram Hunt, MP and historian, says identity rests partly on tradition (Photo: PA)

Because we know less and less of the past, we know less and less of ourselves, and who we are

The waving of the handkerchief is the traditional sign the liquefaction has happened (Photo: PA)

The day I saw a saint’s blood become liquid

Ten years ago in Naples on the feast of St Januarius I prayed as I had never done before