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Novelist Diana Athill after she won the Bed Next to the Door award for her memoir, Somewhere Towards The End at the prestigious Oldie Awards in 2009 (Photo: PA)

The author weighed up the flawed reasoning of the head with the deeper wisdom of the heart

Rory Kinnear as Hamlet (National Theatre)

Take heart from one of the life-enhancing messages of Shakespeare’s famous play

Queen Elizabeth II waves to well wishers from a open top Range Rover in Windsor, Berkshire, as she celebrates her 90th birthday. (PA)

‘Many happy returns’ sounds inappropriate; but one can still say, ‘Thank you and God bless’

As Shortt reminds readers, not all scientists are atheists (AP)

Rupert Shortt’s God is No Thing provides a courteous response to atheists

David Aaronovitch, author of Party Animals (PA)

We all have an instinct to worship, which will follow a perverted truth rather than endure a spiritual vacuum

A crucifix rests in the casket of Mother Angelica as she lies in repose at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville CNS)

A book of the late nun’s short meditations is perfect reflection of this down-to-earth holy woman

Woman pays respects to victims of Brussels attack (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

The only successful way to combat the resurgence of Islam would be the rediscovery and resurrection of Christianity

A detail from Fra Angelico's Madonna of Humility (1433–1435)

Other Churches may quibble about a time when a baby is ‘less’ than human, but the Feast of the Annunciation tells it like it is

Graham Greene pictured in 1984 (AP Photo)

Greene understood the human condition in a way that secular novelists cannot

Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, is pictured in a 1992 photo  (CNS)

Mother Angelica overcame her ‘traumatic childhood’ through faith, not psychotherapy