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Sir Jimmy Savile claims

The crimes of Jimmy Savile raise some difficult questions

In years to come priests may live in communities instead of on their own (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Or are parishes more effective with one lone priest fully immersed in the life of his flock?

Swiss Guards salute as a new bishop arrives at the synod hall (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/12

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

Pope Benedict XVI  (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/10/12

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Vatican II Opening Ceremony 1962

Cardinal Danielou ‘saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in ruin and despair’

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

Pope Paul VI presides over a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1963 (CNS)

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Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church

Last November, people filed past Savile's golden coffin in Leeds to pay their respects (Photo: PA)

Was he simply torn between good and evil? Or was it worse: did he do good so that evil might come of it?

Sally Read, pictured in Rome

To Sally Read, ‘being a Catholic is like being in love’