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The singer’s best pop lyrics capture the highs and lows of the spiritual life

William Herebert was one of the first people to turn Latin hymns into English poetry

Big firms are restoring the nation’s glories in return for publicity

The great songwriter’s lyrics are indebted to Catholicism

The best films of 2016

Son of Saul, The Club and Anomalisa all helped make 2016 a fantastic year in cinema

The film about two Jesuit priests in Japan is already expected to receive Oscar nominations

Paolo Sorrentino hasn’t compromised his cinematic vision in his move to the small screen

A dramatic narrative account of the Russian Revolution is appalling and riveting at the same time

Book review: A shocking cultural collapse has occurred among America’s poor. RR Reno points the way to renewal

How beating a class enemy became a favourite pastime in the China of Chairman Mao