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A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

People view relics of the martyrs in the Cathedral of Otranto (Photo: CNS)

Pope’s first canonisation will recognise Blessed Antonio Primaldo and the townsfolk of Otranto

Pope Francis (AP)

The way has been prepared for the beatification of Italian, Romanian and Hungarian priests

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

Tyburn Nuns at a monastery at Largs on the west coast of Scotland

The Tyburn Tree bears abundant fruit

A new film shows the amazing growth of a contemplative order whose convent stands near the notorious execution spot, says Simon Caldwell

Archbishop Bernard Longley pictured at Harvington Hall           Photo: Peter Jennings

Archbishop Longley recalls martyrs

Archbishop of Birmingham celebrates Mass at the Shrine of the English Martyrs at Harvington Hall, Worcestershire

Étienne Comar, left, is pictured with actor Lambert Wilson, who plays Christian de Chergé, the prior of the monks of Tibhirine (Imagenet/AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

‘We tried to portray their humanity’

Anna Arco talks to the writer behind the haunting tale of seven Trappist monks murdered in Algeria

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike

The 12th-century casket of Thomas Becket is put on display at Canterbury Cathedral (Photo: PA)

Vatican approves English feast days

The feast days commemorate St Gregory the Great, St Thomas Becket, the English Martyrs and St Augustine of Canterbury

Members of the retreat are pictured in Hyde Park, west London

On retreat, boys learn silence

Pupils at Cardinal Vaughan school go on retreat at Tyburn Convent