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Fr Clement O'Shea in 1940 (Dee La Vardera)

After the 1944 massacre in Civitella, a captain and a priest arrived to bring consolation and material support

Titian's Pietà (Wikimedia)

Comparing Günter Grass’s late works with Titian’s shows that faith expands the artistic imagination

Dr Martin Luther King arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1961 (PA)

The President-elect wants ‘to make America great again’, but his vision is limited

People in Krakow, Poland, take part in the Three Kings Day Parade  (CNS)

I’m ready to embrace the small and symbolic traditions that I once thought of as archaic

The Chapel of St George and the English Martyrs at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/

Blessed Thomas Belson was only 23 when he wrote of his imprisonment. Three years later, he was dead

Pope Benedict XVI's word seems prophetic in retrospect (PA)

In 1970 Joseph Ratzinger predicted the Church’s declining influence in the world

A screen shot from Mary Kenny's new book

The Catholic writer and Herald columnist speaks to me about her heroes and the adage she lives by

Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples by Paolo Veronese

Experience shows that ‘laying down one’s life’ is a mark of real love

Pope Francis hugs a girl at the end of his weekly general audience in St Peter Square (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A new book about saints with disabilities is a reminder that everyone has a vocation

A poster of Our Lady of Guadalupe  (AP)

Francis Phillips picks out her favourite books of 2016