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Nigerian women wait for antiretroviral treatment outside a clinic at a Catholic hospital (CNS photo)

Catholic charities, of course, provide 25 per cent of all HIV treatment

George Orwell: Winston Churchill read his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four twice (Photo: PA)

Orwell was one of those indispensable geniuses who transcended politics, and who Catholics too need as part of their mental furniture

Dom Mintoff in 1972 (Photo: AP)

A friend to Mao, Gaddafi and the Khmer Rouge, he was no harmless eccentric, and knew when to send in his thugs

A new scandal is shaking the Aussie Church

Police are currently looking into alleged cover-ups involving three senior churchmen

In the Netherlands shops are closed on Sunday but cafes are open (Photo: PA)

If I were in power I would bring in the Dutch system with a dash of the French: only corner shops open and lots of outdoor activities

David Cameron meeting President Zardari in Islamabad last year (Photo: PA)

What will Mr Cameron say or do about this gross barbarity? Just carry on supporting Pakistan regardless?

Russia Punks vs Putin

Among the victims of the Putin-Orthodox alliance are Russia’s Catholic minority

Helen Gurley Brown

The single life of Sister Wendy Beckett is more fulfilling than that of feminist Helen Gurley Brown

School rugby can be a horrible prospect for the non-sporty (Photo: PA)

Two hours of sport a day is probably more than the state can afford: thank heaven for that, I say

St Stephen could teach many web users about manners

The patron saint of Hungary has lots to teach us in the internet age