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Evelyn Waugh was 'one of the strongest opponents of the vernacular' in England (AP)

The great novelist, who died 50 years ago, almost became the first president of the Latin Mass Society

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