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The Church has offered my non-Catholic wife a wonderfully warm welcome

'None of the doctrine was watered down to make it simpler' (CNS)

From the moment we approached the Church as a newly engaged couple Lida felt its warm embrace

Nuance is one of the first casualties of war in Gaza

Palestinian children play outside a UN school that has been transformed into a shelter in Jabalia, Gaza (CNS)

There are few things less appealing than the tribalism which erupts whenever Israel goes to war

Now the voice of Leo XIII is just a click away

Pope Leo XIII is seen giving a blessing in a frame from an 1896 film in the Vatican Film Library (CNS)

The Vatican’s ‘Voices of the popes’ audio archive is a reason for rejoicing

I found bliss when I fell in a black hole

The island of Lundy, off the Devon coast

For five days, I went cold turkey. My mobile was off, my laptop far away. And time slowed down

Downside can emerge renewed from this crisis

Downside School, in Somerset, is run by Benedictines

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education

Only journalists can clean up the tabloid gutter

Kirk Douglas plays megalomaniac journalist Chuck Tatum in Ace in the Hole

A 168-year-old newspaper has sunk into the filth. The truth, I suspect, may never emerge fully

Why Bron went to war with Downside

Auberon Waugh pictured in 2000 a few months before he died (PA photo)

Auberon Waugh loathed the school and was beaten regularly by its headmaster. He took revenge through journalism

A plunge into the waters that soaked St Paul

The Grand Harbour of Valletta, Malta. The current is stronger than you might think (Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

On a baking hot afternoon in the Maltese sea, a schoolmate and I almost got into serious trouble

This Lent I’m going to make a big sacrifice

A monk at Downside used to deny himself marmalade (Photo: PA)

Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions is profoundly disheartening. At least I get another chance at self-discipline

The Pope is right about the dangers of Facebook

Stephen Fry, pictured with the chancellor of Sussex University, is prone to nasty tantrums online (Photo: PA)

Sitting in front of a computer screen for an hour a day can cultivate lonely obsessions