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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

Visiting nuns venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

She never had any children, but as a dormitory mistress she lavished her maternal gifts on us

Hilaire Belloc, one of England's most prolific writers  (AP Photo)

Jim Malia was inspired by Belloc’s outspoken Catholicism