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The era when just being Catholic was a crime

Merely speaking about the Eucharist landed you in court under Elizabeth I, says Ed West

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/09/12

The late Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A 21st-century Evelyn Waugh shows the flaws of the Enlightenment

AN Wilson: A comic novelist in the vein of Waugh and Wodehouse

AN Wilson’s first novel for five years is a major event

Cameron said he would legislate to protect religious rights at work: so why did his lawyers in Strasbourg this week deny the existence of these rights?

'The kind of liberal conservatism David Cameron espouses is a mishmash of the good and bad, and is completely divorced from Christian spirituality' (PA)

This is one promise Cameron has to be held to

The Paralympics has exposed Britain’s Janus-faced attitude to the disabled

The final of last night's men's T44 100m at the Paralympic Games (PA)

We applaud competitors while welcoming new ways to ‘eradicate’ Down’s syndrome sufferers

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/09/12

A Christian district in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, where Rimsha Masih lives (AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The Church must challenge the idea that life on earth always ends with heaven

Michelangelo's Last Judgment (CNS photo)

The drama of salvation is one in which we all play a part, whether we like it or not

As the Church prepares for the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, I ask: what did Pope John hope for?; also, ‘what unites Hans Küng and Daphne McLeod’?

Pope John XXIII signs the bull convoking the Second Vatican Council (Photo: CNS)

The answer makes gloomy reading

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 05/09/12

A priest introduces groups of pilgrims to Pope Benedict at today's general audience

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Confession must once again be seen as the normal practice of a Catholic life

Priests hear Confessions at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

Confession may be in decline in many areas, but some parishes – usually seen as ‘traditional’ – are reversing the trend