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A painting of Dante, author of The Divine Comedy

Dante is ‘a prophet of hope’ and ‘herald of the possibility of redemption’, says Pontiff

Archbishop Bashar Warda: 'For me, Daesh [ISIS] is a cancer' (CNS/Simon Caldwell)

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Study of Heads, by Michel Corneille the Younger (1642-1708), from Unseen

The first exhibition at a new drawings gallery in London is full of curious treats

A woman looks at portraits of Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Generations of Englishmen have ignored or smothered the Bard’s ‘treacherous’ popery

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in 2008, was kidnapped in July (CNS)

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And talk of Hell is not the best way to bring them back

A N Wilson suggests that purgatory only became part of Church doctrine in 1274