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The horror of King Lear doesn’t erase its moments of Christian forgiveness (PA)

On the 400th anniversary of his death, we should celebrate the Christian understanding of our national poet

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The vestments created by Helena Wintour will be on display from October

A man of Catholic tastes (AP)

The Society of Jesus had a huge influence on European drama at the time

A woman looks at portraits of Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Generations of Englishmen have ignored or smothered the Bard’s ‘treacherous’ popery

Timeless     Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Unlike the pseudo-scripture of our age, the texts are timeless

David Lammy: working-class parents feel powerless to discipline their children Photo: Johnny Green/PA

Smacking is not abuse and parents should not be penalised for it

According to reports, Mgr Brown will replace Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, pictured, as the nuncio to Ireland (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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A detail from a painting believed to be an authentic image of the writer made from life. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sir Derek Jacobi is wrong to think that Shakespeare could not have written his own plays; the greatest poet and dramatist of all times was an Englishman and a Catholic