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Why are British Catholics so bad at celebrating the birth of St John the Baptist?

Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day in Croatia (AP)

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

The Catholic Church was right not to join critics of Iain Duncan Smith’s benefit reforms

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

When Church leaders proclaim on matters of government policy they run the risk of coming unstuck