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The visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales in 2009 (© Mazur/

It is time to invoke the prayers of Saint Therese of Lisieux and Saint Martin of Tours for world peace

Cilla: a delightful Catholic lady (Photo: PA)

Cilla’s funeral was always going to have a showbizzy flavour. But it needn’t have watered down Catholic tradition

A poster proclaiming Vittorio Casamonica the 'king of Rome'

Fr Giancarlo Manieri, who celebrated the requiem mass for Vittorio Casamonica, said he was unaware of what was going to happen outside his church

'Gerry’s body rests in the country churchyard in the shadow of the sacristy door' [PA]

Nothing shall be lost

Learning a lesson in mortality

Cardinal Nichols presiding over the Requiem Mass for the repose of Richard III's soul (Flickr/Mazur)

The vestment, worn by Cardinal Nichols at the Requiem Mass last week, will be displayed at Ushaw College

A Requiem Mass for Czech leader Václav Havel, whose body was cremated (Photo: PA)

Humans require more than secular rites of ‘closure’

Wreath-laying at grave of Cardinal Heenan in Westminster Cathedral. From left: Michael Lord, 
Paul Waddington, Fr Patrick Hayward, Dr Joseph Shaw, Paul Beardsmore, Jamie Bogle

Bishop Arnold celebrates Requiem Mass for LMS

Bishop John Arnold celebrates Extraordinary Form Mass for the repose of the souls of all deceased supporters of the LMS

A Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

A Requiem Mass I was at this morning was highly unusual in one respect: there was no panegyric of the dead