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Ann Widdecombe is a convert to Catholicism (Photo: Simon Caldwell, St Gabriel News and Media)

The former Catholic MP said that the teaching caused huge distress

Sawston Hall, built in 1584, has three priest holes, including one crafted by the Jesuit carpenter St Nicholas Owen, who was tortured to death in the Tower of London

Campaigners want to turn Sawston Hall into a heritage centre telling the story of Catholic England

Pro-life campaigners outside Leinster House in Dublin in June (PA)

Ann Widdecombe, Eve Farren and Peter D Williams on how to end the abortion impasse

Ann Widdecombe: Church thinking on abuse mirrored that of society in general

Widespread ideas about nature of paedophilia in 1970s and 80s influenced decisions, says former MP

The Requiem Mass for Phyllis Bowman yesterday paid tribute to a courageous and loving woman

Phyllis Bowman, right, with Ann Widdecombe

British Catholics mourn ‘leading light of the global pro-life movement’

Widdecombe: 'Hedgehogs are better represented in Parliament than Christians' (PA photo)

Ann Widdecombe is to accuse Government of double standards over persecution of Christians and gay people abroad

Ann Widdecombe spent 10 weeks as a contestant on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing (PA photo)

Retired MP and Strictly star says BBC religion coverage has ‘improved vastly’ since Aquil Ahmed took over two years ago

The Cardinal pub is just round the corner from Westminster Cathedral (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Campaign to save Catholic character of pub next to Westminster Cathedral has been signed by Ann Widdecombe as well as many priests and religious

Ann Widdecombe onstage at the 2011 National Television Awards (Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Former government minister and star of Strictly Come Dancing has been named envoy of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need