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The thread on Facebook was promptly closed (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

First the commenters became angry – then they demanded the thread be shut down

Dylan Thomas

Katie Roiphe’s The Violet Hour examines writers, such as Dylan Thomas and John Updike, ‘who have worked through the problem of death in their art’

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s widow Natalya at the Gulag history museum in Moscow  (AP)

Behind his roll-call of heroic individuals, The God of the Gulag shows how communism finally died from within

A construction crane rises next to a 36.6-meter (120-foot) tall gold-colored statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Tongxu County in central China's Henan province. (Chinatopix via AP)

‘The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History’ exposes the appalling reality under the dictator’s regime

Photograph: Toni Greaves

A photographer has created a beautiful tribute to the ‘radical love’ of women living eremitical lives

Priests pray the Lord's Prayer as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in June (CNS)

Fr Jacques Hamel was one of the legions of humble and unassuming parish priests who offer their whole lives to Christ

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

The author of a new study of Communist persecution tells me why these stories must be kept alive

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano being escorted by a black-hooded police officer in 2006. (AP)

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano may have been able to quote scripture, but that’s no indication of his piety

People walk past a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin during a celebration of his 145th birthday at the Lenin Hut Museum at Razliv lake, outside St Petersburg, Russia (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The roll-call of heroes and saints shows just how much courage you needed to live out your faith

Pro-life advocates at the March for Life in Washington in 2016 (CNS)

Former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson explains why ‘science, reason and logic’ were behind her dramatic change of heart on abortion