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A Christie's employee with  Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Joan of Arc

A new biography makes it clear that St Joan was not a hysteric or mentally unbalanced

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

St Pope John Paul II walks in the Dolomite mountains in 1996 (Photo: PA)

The idea of old age as the last stage in the journey to God is a source of great hope

Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche (PA)

The L’Arche founder is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize

Fr Theodore Hesburgh, the late president of the University of Notre Dame (Photo: CNS)

If only Fr Theodore Hesburgh, the late president of Notre Dame, had fully grasped the ideals of his hero Cardinal Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote the Dream of Gerontius

A new book shows that Blessed John Henry Newman was a man of action and an indefatigable administrator

'It is one thing to deplore the translations of the Mass ... it is another to imply that the Ordinary Form of the Mass, as Pope Benedict XVI distinguished it, is intrinsically inferior to the Extraordinary Form'

Fr George William Rutler gives the parables their bite back in his erudite and witty Hints of Heaven

A statue of Joan of Arc in France (CNS)

A new book offers a fresh perspective on the life of St Joan

A Filipino couple walks out the door after their wedding at a Catholic church  (PA)

“101 Tips for a Happier Marriage” by Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes contains some sage advice

Clive James

James is a ‘pugnacious and provocative’ writer but Cultural Amnesia is not without flaws