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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

Professional medical bodies are of little help to Catholics facing conscience issues

From midwifery to geriatrics, Catholics are being driven out of vast areas of the medical profession. We need to fight back now

Julie Andrews plays the hopeless novice Maria in the scintillating Sound of Music

There’s no problem with Maria

Bishop Williamson called The Sound of Music ‘soul-rotting slush’, but the film is actually a profoundly Catholic work of artistic genius

Richard III: a monster

Richard almost certainly murdered his nephews. Why does he attract such a fan club?