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The fall of the Berlin Wall was supposed to mark ‘the end of history’ (AP)

Why the religious kill

The greatest threat to freedom in the post-modern world is radical, politicised religion

Napoleon's farewell to the imperial guard, in 1814. But he was back the following year

Written by the winners, history has been harsh to the French emperor

Sir Arthur Wellesley: a true Irishman

Wellington – the Iron Irishman

Wellington was born in Ireland, once spoke with a thick brogue, and relied on Irish troops and officers to defeat Napoleon. Yet history portrays him as scorning his background

Ron Paul (PA)

The libertarian politician is also a critic of ‘big government’ which withers away of the role of the individual

A 19th century view of Magna Carta

The invention of liberty, literacy and prosperity have all been wrongly portrayed as Protestant developments

Pope Francis being driven through Sarajevo in the popemobile (CNS)

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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

Professor Stephen Hawking supports assisted suicide (PA)

The latest book from the Catholic Truth Society on euthanasia is very well-timed

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical will surely focus on our duties of stewardship towards Creation

Graffiti in Athens: Plato, left, and Aristotle (Photo: AP)

The community of the Church is one very good place to learn the virtues that Aristotle prescribes

Francisco de Zurbarán's painting of the saint

He could be intercessor for the young people who found themselves on the jobs market after 2008