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Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines

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 banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Martin Luther's 95 theses began a process that carried millions of people out of communion with the successor of Peter (Photo: CNS)

Plans for an ecumenical Luther 2017 are breaking down. That is no disaster

Islam's reformers? (AP)

How can we help Islam reform when so many western commentators do not understand Christianity?

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

'We think of Henry VIII and the destruction of the monasteries, but that was not the end of the destruction, it marked the beginning'

A new exhibition at Tate Britain highlights the scale of destruction to artworks in the Tudor period – a staggering amount of books and music were also destroyed

Pope Francis receives a book from Dr Nikolaus Schneider

Dr Nikolaus Schneider hopeful for joint celebration of the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Pope Francis receives the gift of a book from Dr Schneider yesterday (CNS)

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