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'In this age of instant communication, Christian letter-writing should be seen as an apostolate' (PA)

Putting forward the Christian point of view in the press and social media will help keep the moral dimension of public debates alive

A detail from a stain glass window at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Norfolk

Gertrud von le Fort has made an imaginative contribution to the history of the inspirational Carmelites

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, pictured in 1971 (PA)

Edward VIII was a feckless Nazi sympathiser – we should be grateful his marriage to ‘that woman’ sparked the abdication crisis

Giacomo Leopardi: 'Our going on hoping and living is a happy, natural but also real and constant madness, and something quite contrary to reason, which all too clearly shows that there is no hope for any of us.'

The pessimistic noble Giacomo Leopardi was a precursor to Nietzsche and Samuel Beckett

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents the crucifix to Pope Francis (CNS)

Whatever the crude political message behind President Morales’s crucifix, the Pope transformed it into a higher purpose

Satoko Kitahara

Satoko Kitahara, disillusioned by the war, was inspired to become Catholic after meeting Spanish missionary nuns

The dome of Sacre Coeur drew Jean-Marie Elie Setbon towards Christ (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

The story of a rabbi’s unconventional path to the Church

Wind picks up snow from the ground as a man waits to take a photograph of a statue dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940 (PA)

How should Christians respond to historical and current acts of violence? A Protestant evangelical community gives one example

Mother Teresa is seen in Calcutta, India, in 1979 (Photo: PA)

The saint travelled with just one spare cheap sari and a bucket in which to wash her clothes

Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in New York (CNS)

A 75th anniversary edition of the inspirational author’s House of Hospitality has been published