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Salvadorans rally to pay tribute to the late archbishop in March (Photo: CNS)

Author Fr Ashley Beck says bishops who opposed his Cause felt betrayed by his shift against the ruling class

Sigmund Freud

The way many atheists and agnostics believe in the theories of men like Freud shows people still long for religious faith in this age of reason

Amber Rudd, new Climate Change Secretary. Women have an increased presence in the Cabinet (Photo: PA)

This genius makes a vital contribution to culture – and decadence may follow if it is lost

Ed Miliband during his resignation speech (PA)

Andrew Roberts’ excellent biography of Napoleon Bonaparte should have been on the outgoing Labour leader’s reading list

Fr Franz Reinisch was executed for refusing to serve in the army under the Nazis

Bishops deferred to authority and priests and seminarians mainly followed suit. The lesson? That we must always speak out when our conscience is challenged

Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, in Barcelona, Spain (PA)

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways

Dawn Eden (Photo: Ron Santini)

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, says chastity is not abstinence, but a virtue that can help us all love more fully

St Francis with the Animals by Lambert de Hondt the Elder and Willem van Herp the Elder

St Francis didn’t think animals were ‘almost’ like us – he loved them because they had come from the hand of God

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal George, who died last week, offered a deeper perspective on history to those dismayed by the signs of the times

A group of Cuban children sing for Pope John Paul II in 1998 (CNS)

The late Pope’s Letter to Families, written in 1994, highlights issues the synod will need to address