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England would be a more hopeful place if it rediscovered its devotion to Mary

The feast of the Assumption is celebrated in style by Maltese on the island of Gozo

The trouble is that once a tradition has been destroyed, how do you revive it again?

Christianity is no longer the soul of public life: that’s why anarchy broke out last week

A boy stares at the aftermath of the riot in Tottenham (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

I felt depressed at the scenes on our streets, but not actually surprised

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/08/11

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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

Has multiculturalism helped to tear our society apart? And was Tariq Jahan’s noble behaviour an implicit rejection of it, an appeal to common values?

Tariq Jahan: 'Please respect the memory of our sons by staying away from trouble' (PA photo)

The inquest continues; this is an important question we need to resolve

The Malaysian riots’ victim is a brilliant ambassador for his country and his faith

Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, the Malaysian student who had his jaw broken by rioters, and was then robbed, pictured at a press conference

But where were the Catholics in all this?

Why didn’t the looters’ parents know where they were? Why didn’t they teach them about right and wrong? Answer: society has undermined the family

We need to back the authority of parents, police, teachers. ‘Children’s rights’ has led to disaster

World Youth Days are not debauched rock festivals, but joyful encounters with Christ

Pope Benedict XVI leads Benediction at World Youth Day in Sydney (CNS photo)

Let’s cease the jeremiads

I hope these riots are a wake-up call. Otherwise, London could end up as lawless as Nairobi

Violence in Hackney, east London (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Tough decisions lie ahead

Is the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) out to get Fr Z? If so, they would be wise to think again

Bishop Finn: attacked by a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (CNS photo)

Persecuting orthodox bishops is one thing: but this target bites back

My summer reading list: Virgil and Dickens. All the best writers are long dead

Virgil is wiser than Homer; Dickens is at his best in The Pickwick Papers