Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is the editor of The Tablet, the Catholic weekly

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Priceless history turned into rubble in seconds

Jammed on to a steep Assisi hillside and visible for miles across the valleys of Umbria, the buttressed basilica of St Francis is a masterpiece of medieval engineering and Gothic architecture. No postcard or textbook reproduction could prepare a visitor for the treasures within - frescoes which fuse artistic perfection with spirituality. Despite the relentless patter of tourist feet, there is an abiding sense of being in the presence of something doubly profound - the story of the life of St Francis and its depiction by a master.

Diana 1961-1997: The age of duty and the stiff upper lip is over

Diana symbolised openness and that's why we mourn her. By Catherine Pepinster

Prices soar as Far Eastern buyers rush for London homes

Locals may soon be priced out of the market, warns Catherine Pepinster

For sale: rare green belt, offers to Labour

Conservationists fear the Government is turning its back on the countryside.

Oxford Street's deliveries to go underground

A tunnel to supply West End shops, businesses and hotels with goods is being planned to go underneath the centre of London

So, where have all the men gone?

Ms Britain is desperately seeking love. Catherine Pepinster on the generation of women forced to live the single life

Turning the poor into easy prey

David Griffiths (left) runs a company that uses dole figures to help businesses decide where not to send mail shots. But the information is also available to loan sharks, reports Catherine Pepinster

Holidays are the hardest work of all

For career women, juggling the demands of the office with the demands of their children can stop them being bored, insecure parents, but the price could be ill health. As the long school break begins, their stress levels rise with summer temperatures and there's no break in sight

Baby deaths linked to suction delivery

The ventouse cap is meant to be safer than forceps, but badly used it can harm and even kill. Catherine Pepinster reports

Nolan urges hard line on corruption

A New crime of misconduct is to be recommended in a report to be published this week by the Nolan Committee investigating standards in public life, writes Catherine Pepinster.
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