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No one country is assigned a special mission from God  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

It is unsustainable to believe that one nation has a special mission from God

The Pope Emeritus prepares to greet Pope Francis during the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani, pool)

The splintering of Protestantism is the best advert for a pope ever devised

Henry VIII: stinking, secretive and sadistic (Photo: PA)

Henry VIII, stinking sadist

The king would have been furious that Cardinal Nichols is to preside at Vespers in Hampton Court Palace next week

A detail from Hans Holbein's portrait of St Thomas More

Fisher and More lived exemplary lives and were content to be martyred for the faith

The Tapestry navigates Henry’s court, as Cromwell, Gardiner, and Cranmer vie for royal favour

Nancy Bileau’s novel doesn’t airbrush the venality and violence of Henry VIII’s court

Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines
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If the English Reformation had never happened our cathedrals would blaze with colour, our monasteries would house the homeless and our nation would be less gloomy

The TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's book has come to an end (PA)

The final episode of Wolf Hall was uncomfortable to watch

Catherine of Aragon: Henry's lawyers used Ockham

The copy of work on the theories of William of Ockham was found in a National Trust building

The four bronze angels (Victoria and Albert Museum)

The museum has raised the £5 million required to buy the four bronze statues created for the cardinal’s tomb

a scene from 'Wolf Hall' with Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell (PA)

It is important that Catholics learn about what really caused England’s break with Rome