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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

Wales players celebrate their 25-28 win on Saturday (Photo: PA)

Priest’s celebration during Mass the next day makes headlines

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn alongside shadow chancellor John McDonnell  at the Labour Conference (PA)

Old-style socialists like Jeremy Corbyn may be atheists but they are less likely than the liberal Left to be ideologically opposed to religion

Archbishop Peter Smith pictured in the 'Jungle's' make-shift church (Archdiocese of Southwark)

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark joined more than 2,000 people taking part in the ‘Refugees Welcome’ Day of Action

By 2115, the priesthood may have undergone its most radical change for centuries (Mazur/

A century from now Catholics are likely to be the country’s largest Christian body. But the priesthood, the Mass and the laity may look startlingly different to today

The Bedingfeld family kept the faith amid persecution at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk

It is a shame that England does not celebrate its historical Catholic treasures more

Pope Francis meets a baby (PA)

A number of biblical names have made it into the the Top 100 most popular baby boys’ names for 2014

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols urged people not to fall for ‘great lie’ of assisted suicide during homily for the Day for Life

The relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth (Mazur/

The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s parents are being taken on a week-long tour of England

Fr Timothy Radcliffe

Pope Francis names English Dominican priest as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace