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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

Reinventing the Toliet

What the world needs now is a new toilet

Inventing a new lavatory would make a huge difference to people’s lives