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Laying down one’s life for others is now a category under which a person might be beatified or canonised

The former deputy Labour leader, a ‘hardened atheist’, was so intrigued by British Catholics he wrote a 600-page history of them

The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass

The Pope will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word in memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries on Easter Saturday

The Church’s history can be horrifically distressing – I’ve long warned my first-year theology students about it

The saint’s letters prove the first Christians saw Jesus as more than just a prophet and teacher

Martyrdom is an act of witness; it is a way that God has of trying to tell His Church something important, and we must listen

The Church today is living in a time of saints, and of martyrs, and I suspect we shall see rather more of both in the coming weeks and years

Fr Hamel told his parishioners to aim for sanctity, pointing to the example of the Martin family

The cardinal said Christians might have to face ‘loss of goods, government harassment and imprisonment’