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It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

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Pilgrims were in reflective mood at last night’s extraordinary Via Crucis

When the Holy Father blessed me, I saw his deep generosity and care for the Church

But the fact that in the US they do shows that the Benedictine counter-revolution is on course

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Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on why so little violent crime happens in Italy

Madeleine Teahan describes her experience of Pope Benedict XVI’s first day in Spain

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith reviews a superb production of All’s Well That Ends Well, but cautions against extravagant interpretations of Shakespeare