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The Chapel of St George and the English Martyrs at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Blessed Thomas Belson was only 23 when he wrote of his imprisonment. Three years later, he was dead

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St Peter's Basilica, and a recently restored wooden crucifix from the 14th century (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Church’s history can be horrifically distressing – I’ve long warned my first-year theology students about it

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, in June (PA)

The Order of Malta, like the Vatican, is a sovereign body. For one to investigate the other is simply incoherent

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Cardinal Müller: pulls no punches (AP)

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

Why not begin the New Year by living by sacred time? (AP)

‘I was marching to the beat of empty, secular time. I needed to find a new approach to life’

Guterres has ‘a reputation for getting into the thick of it’ (AP)

The improbable Secretary-General

He’s a practising Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. How on earth has António Guterres been appointed head of the UN?

Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

The film handles questions of sin, doctrine and mercy which are at the heart of today’s controversies

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

Pope Benedict XVI's word seems prophetic in retrospect (PA)

In 1970 Joseph Ratzinger predicted the Church’s declining influence in the world