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“Everyone panics when you try to do anything religious on the telly," said Downton's historical adviser

Downton is accurate in at least one regard in that it gives us a taster of anti-Catholic prejudice

What's inside this week's magazine?

What’s inside this week’s magazine?

A sneak preview of this week’s issue

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

Downton tells us nothing truthful about 1925

Author Atul Gawande tackles our confused thinking about mortality

Death is not always ‘a terrible tragedy’

Death in old age is a natural process which we must all eventually face

George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

A new book gives an eye-opening account of the history of servants in Britain

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/02/13

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

Pope Tawadros II (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/02/13

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

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church