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Behind all the euphoria, another piece of good news: author Leo McKinstry announces his conversion after a spiritual awakening in Venice

The last few days have been stupendous. Here are some of my immediate impressions

At 83, she has seen a great many state occasions in her lifetime

His documentary, Benedict: Trials of a Pope, was even-handed and sincere

Footage of the Hitler Youth, St Peter’s and the Pope holding his head in his hands carries a subliminal message

Beauty left to itself becomes ugly and malevolent

Here are five simple criteria for anyone wishing to achieve national treasure status. Prince Philip makes it; Peter Mandelson and Stephen Fry do not

The author of Confessions would have found the attempt to separate religion and spirituality incomprehensible or misleading

Writers, artists and poets can show the world that the Church is more than a vast committee meeting

I told him everyone had a guardian angel, and that they were ‘all around us at this moment’. For my atheist brother-in-law, this was too much