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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is a former Catholic school headmaster

I was wrong: Ofsted is a real menace

It was a mistake to think that Ofsted could be relied upon to adopt a sensible approach to promoting British values in schools

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square (PA)

Churchill imbibed, and served up, the classic Victorian Anglican version of our island story

Alex, centre, with his burial team (Cafod/Laura Purves)

‘I imagine that it is me lying there,’ says Alex Musa Koroma , the leader of a safe burial team supported by Cafod

Sir Winston Churchill's coffin being carried into St Paul's (PA)

Historians will argue about his mistakes, but everyone who filed past Churchill’s coffin was certain they were mourning the passing of a great man

People pack the pews during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonisation of St John Paul II (CNS)

A new book sets out why evangelising is not the reserve of Protestants

The Telegrah reported that many babies were being aborted just for being girls

A Bill seeking to ban the practice is not being supported by the Government – so MPs will have to fight for it

Stefan Zweig in an undated photo (Photo: PA)

Without religious faith to sustain him he felt he had nothing left to live for

Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

Armed French police patrol an area north of Paris after the Paris shootings (PA)

The best way to disarm terrorists

What makes a jihadist and an IRA leader lay down their weapons? Not tough new anti-terror laws that offer us a false sense of security