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The ruins of Reading Abbey, which was founded by Henry I in 1121 (AP)

Being an English Catholic in the first two thirds of the 20th century was rather like being Jewish

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' installation at the Tate Britain (PA)

There is nothing Catholic at all in the emblematic works of our time

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

Fr Marcelo Rossi celebrates ‘liberation Masses’ for those who feel possessed (AP)

The great exorcism boom

From Manila to Mexico City Catholic priests are leading a new and sometimes spectacular crusade against demonic possession

A woman takes a selfie on a bridge over the river Thames  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

No parent would choose the name Narcissus for their baby these days

What's inside this week's Catholic Herald?

A sneak preview of this week’s magazine

A priest hears a confession (CNS)

“Mercy Works: Practical Love for the 21st Century” is a must-read

Archbishop Gregory Aymond is one of the signatories to the letter (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

A group of religious leaders have urged the Supreme Court to halt the execution of Rodricus Crawford in Louisiana

Pope Francis is a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The winner of the prize will be announced on Friday

Cardinal Walter Kasper (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

The Synod’s script is atrocious

The Instrumentum Laboris is at best theologically thin and tirelessly moralistic