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Pius VII sits behind Napoleon in Jacques-Louis David’s coronation painting (1807)

Locking up the Pope alienated millions of the faithful and was one of Bonaparte’s most stupid mistakes

The Château de Compiègne

The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compiègne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the Revolution

The Basilica of St Martin in Tours

In Tours a fine basilica was built on the site of a vast medieval church knocked down during the Revolution

Pope Benedict XVI speaks at the general audience this morning

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 22/06/11

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