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No wonder Downton Abbey is a success: it shows what English people were like before we were spoilt rotten

Captain von Trapp understood the importance of discipline

We long for a habit of politeness and respect that parents no longer instil in their children

It was Pope Paul’s idea to preserve an Anglican heritage within the Catholic Church

Paul VI presents a 13th-century fresco of Christ to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1966 (Photo: AP)

An ex-Anglican jurisdiction was always taken seriously in Rome

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People gather at the scene of a bomb attack in Baghdad today  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Iraqi security forces stand guard during Mass at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad on Sunday (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Islam is now our interfaith priority: all the same, debate on doctrine is futile

Pope Benedict at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006 (Photo: PA)

We should work towards fighting secularism rather than reaching an agreement on theology

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Let’s stop whingeing and moaning, and instead give thanks for the city of brotherly love

Philadelphia in the sunshine. In the 1730s, it was the only city in the British Empire where Mass could be celebrated in public (Photo: PCVB)

Philadelphia glorifies God in a beautiful autumn surprise

Why we should love and respect France, the Eldest Daughter of the Church and our new best friend

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy exchange copies of the new treaty at the Anglo-French summit this week (Photo: PA)

The new defence deal is a triumph. Many will feel it does not go far enough

The superiors of the Legion of Christ are opposing change – why not sack the lot?

Legionaries of Christ seminarians lead the recessional during a Mass in Rome (Photo: CNS)

They are supposed to believe in obedience to the pope: then let them obey

Debate: Should Christians abandon the Middle East?

A Lebanese woman lights a candle at a vigil in Beirut following the massacre in Baghdad on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Or should they stay, with extra support from the west?