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A N Wilson suggests that purgatory only became part of Church doctrine in 1274

Catholic chaplaincies at prisons including Wormwood Scrubs, above, could be under threat by attempts to create a single 'generic' chaplaincy (Photo: PA)

Or is it still possible to work constructively with a secular Government?

Cardinal Donald Wuerl delivers his report at the US bishops' spring meeting (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)

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Terry Pratchett stands outside the Houses of Parliament (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

The German medical profession accepted ‘assisted dying’ for compassionate reasons in the 1920s. Then came the 1930s

BBC's Television Centre in London (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Corporation has betrayed its charter and is no longer worthy of receiving our licence fee

The Olympic Stadium in Berlin was built for the 1936 Summer Olympics and is strongly identified with the Nazi regime (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/06/11

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/06/11

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Sir Terry Pratchett, a campaigner for assisted dying, has early onset Alzheimer's (PA photo)

Sir Terry’s message last night was relentless: ‘why can’t we be allowed to die like this in Britain?’

Benedict XVI takes part in a convention of Rome parishes at the St John Lateran last night (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Dr Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Margaret Thatcher in 1983 (PA photo)

The archbishop’s arguments were derived from Left-wing politics, not the Christian religion