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Prime Minister David Cameron (AP)

Cameron has undermined the institution which is still the bedrock of society: and he will continue to pay the price

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Whatever we do, the people of Syria will remain victims of one of the most murderous political criminals—and also of the weakest international leadership—of modern times

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a great day, not simply for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Ordinariate, but for the whole English Church

Benedict XVI prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a candlelight vigil at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal (CNS)

The future Pope Benedict published a fraudulent text, these people say, to deceive the Faithful. Also, consecrating the whole world didn’t somehow include Russia. Strange, or what?

England celebrate their win over Australia during day four of the Fourth Investec Ashes test match (PA)

Of course it doesn’t quite achieve what only a religious understanding can deliver: all the same, nearly all human life is there

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

There have also been scandals implied about some of those he has appointed: the truth of these has been denied by his spokesman, but the gossip persists

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

Two English Bridgettines exemplified how Jews were not merely hidden in religious houses: they were also nurtured and profoundly respected as Jews

GK Chesterton in Brighton in 1935  (AP) Below: Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

It was inevitable that sooner or later the devotion of so many to the conviction of Chesterton’s holiness should be recognised

A page showing President Reagan's edits to his 'Evil Empire' speech (AP)

It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe

Bradley Manning faces 'a grotesquely long prison sentence' (AP)

Both have practised civil disobedience in the national interest: but that is in the highest traditions of their national culture