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How Catholic was Puccini?

A new, Freudian study suggests the composer’s Catholicism was skin deep

Dr Jeffrey John is apparently considering whether to sue the Church of England under the Equality Act (Photo: PA)

His non-appointment as Bishop of Southwark was a prime example of Anglicanism’s inability to think theologically

Downside School, in Somerset, is run by Benedictines

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

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

David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

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

Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrates the ordinariate's first birthday at St James, Spanish Place (Photo: Mazur)

The US ordinariate has only just been founded: but already they have a principal church. Ours doesn’t: why is that?

Should a film be made about Margaret Thatcher while she is still alive?

Margaret Thatcher’s confusion and memory loss is sad, but not quite tragic. Her life was not cut short too early: she fulfilled her potential in spades

The police’s zero tolerance policy on demonstrations in St Peter’s Square is the only one possible