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Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, the setting of the 1981 adaptation. ‘It seemed that the ancestral seats were doomed to decay’ (Photo: PA)

Snobbery, sin and salvation

Brideshead Revisited enchants readers with its luscious portrayal of upper-class life. But at its heart is the working of grace

Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates at Rebibbia prison in Rome last year (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/03/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The cast of Downton Abbey, as ITV celebrates its 60th anniversary (PA)

Downton tells us nothing truthful about 1925

The Camerons: their book and DVD collection was on show in the papers this week (PA photo)

Their collection at the moment is very low brow, with one notable exception