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Pope Francis checks his watch as he talks with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

In just two years the Pope has overhauled Vatican finances and set a striking new tone, but time is running out to reform the Curia and hold bishops accountable over clerical abuse

Dawn Eden with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

I was a wild rock writer who found grace

The reconstructed face of Richard III

In defence of Richard III

The king was no usurper and had no motive for killing the ‘princes in the tower’

A teacher and her pupils at a London academy (PA)

A new think-that report on faith schools ignores the impact of mass immigration on Britain

A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

'Richard III has a certain appeal, in that he is the centre of an historical whodunit' (PA)

What history obsessives get right

It is odd that Richard III merits star treatment but Britain’s obsession with its history does have its benefits

St John Paul II explains how the prohibitive terms of the commandments are in fact positive assertions (CNS)

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from Magnificat, the daily spiritual life companion

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote the Dream of Gerontius

A new book shows that Blessed John Henry Newman was a man of action and an indefatigable administrator

Fidel Castro after taking office as Cuban leader in 1959. Below, Jessica Freeman-Mitford  (Photos: PA)

The death of Cuban beauty Naty Revuelta Clews recalls an era when idealists were swept away by Left-wing causes – and Left-wing men

'It is one thing to deplore the translations of the Mass ... it is another to imply that the Ordinary Form of the Mass, as Pope Benedict XVI distinguished it, is intrinsically inferior to the Extraordinary Form'

Fr George William Rutler gives the parables their bite back in his erudite and witty Hints of Heaven