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Not all liturgies have to be this solemn

Confessions of an ex-traddie

I used to be too snooty to appreciate an ‘ordinary’ Mass. Now lay ministers, altar girls, even an exuberant sign of peace – they don’t bother me in the least

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A memorial to victims of Nazi euthanasia in Vienna. (PA)

In England ‘we are free to proclaim the sanctity of human life as much as we like’

The modern rite of baptism may be more joy-filled, but it is also vaguer (AP)

The beauty of the old rite of baptism is that it faces the reality of evil head-on

Fr Wilfrid Faber once said: ‘I walk down the street in my habit and I feel I dispel invincible ignorance wherever I go'

The unfairly maligned founder of the London Oratory died 150 years ago

Princess Michael of Kent with Deborah Jones, left, and Anna Arco (Photos: Mark Makela)

Princess Michael of Kent was the guest of honour