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Ofsted launched a series of no-notice inspections earlier this year (PA)

CES challenges Ofsted after it accused Suffolk school of failing to teach British values

A Kenyan Christian re-enacts the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Christians around the world will endanger their lives this Christmas to celebrate their faith

A statue of St Finnian

Saint of the week: St Finnian

The saint who built the abbey at Clonard

Cardinal Parolin celebrates Mass. Below, he embraces Cardinal Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Vatican number two was marking 100 years of diplomatic relations between Britain and Holy See

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and supporters celebrate winning the Rochester and Strood by-election (PA)

I understand Nigel Farage’s appeal, but purple and yellow will never be my colours

Spent cartridges lie on the ground in Benghazi, Libya (CNS)

Catholic clergy in eastern Libya vowed to continue ministering to local Church members

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

Russell Brand

The dangerous ignorance of Russell Brand

He is participating in a narrative that sends young British Muslims to die needlessly on the side of evil

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher who was jailed in Sudan in 2007 for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed (PA)

The case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim tells us a great deal about the Muslim mindset as it exists in Sudan today

A celebrated photograph taken by Ernest Brooks during the Battle of Broodseinde on October 4 1917

A peacemaker betrayed

When Pope Benedict XV tried to end the First World War British Catholics shunned him, says Fr Ashley Beck