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Pope Francis listening to Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, who spoke at the Vatican in February (CNS)

The Way’s founder, Kiko Arguello, has written a book that is dramatic, intense, and deeply personal

Children at St Benedict's Catholic school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 'All the children are involved in the solemn enactment of something infinitely larger than them' (Photo: CNS)

The beauty lies in children stumbling through the extraordinary story of how God chose to enter the world

Edith Sitwell Below: Muriel Spark (PA)

A meeting of two literary converts

Muriel Spark found Catholicism practical and rational, while Edith Sitwell was receptive to the power of sacramental grace

Children carry flowers in procession as they leave Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Pope Francis  (CNS/Photo Paul Harring)

Francis Phillips reviews a selection of books that help children to understand the Faith

'Do No Harm' is an honest, humble and occasionally dramatic account of what it is like to do brain surgery (PA)

A new book brings home the fact that, among the desperately ill, Christians do not simply trust in surgical skill

Faithful at Mass in the Extraordinary Form face the same challenge of distraction (Photo: CNS)

‘Gazing about, reaching for this and that’: the challenge of distraction, it seems, was just as strong at the EF as with the Novus Ordo

JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA)

Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journey

The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during his time as Cardinal in Buenos Aire (CNS)

The most formative influence on Pope Francis has been the poverty of the ordinary people in his native Buenos Aires

A scene from the EXIT ADMD film

A film presented by EXIT highlights the importance of offering solace to those who have lost the will to live

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen