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Russian writer Irina Ratushinskaya (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Poet and author Irina Ratushinskaya was imprisoned in a labour camp for four years

Our Lady of Guadalupe brought tenderness and mercy (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

The Aztec death cult was pitiless. The apparition of Our Lady changed that

A home pregnancy test, and its instructions. (PA)

How feminism betrayed childless women

Thousands of women realised too late that they long to be mothers

Court artist sketch of Thomas Mair, who has been jailed for life for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox (Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire)

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox says he feels ‘nothing but pity’ for the perpetrator

Modern medicine does not hold all of life's answers (AP)

Cryogenic freezing is not the answer to the meaning of life

Pope Francis and Justin Welby at Vespers in the church of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome last month (AP)

The author says theological differences make ecumenical dialogue hard – but not hopeless

A Poor Clare Sister at prayer (AP)

The power of private revelations

A new book by Stephen Walford explores and illuminates the Communion of Saints

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati's tomb in Turin

His radiant personality and his detachment from the world have inspired many Catholics

Francis Phillips's list includes novelist Agatha Christie (AP)

Jenni Murray’s A History of Britain in 21 Women leaves out some of our most important female pioneers

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire (PA)

Lucy Beckett’s conversion to Catholicism helped inspire her novel about the Reformation