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Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

A new book suggests the wartime pope used all the means within his power to help Jews

Young John Paul II with his father

The late pope’s father was instrumental in forming Karol Wojtyła’s faith

St Anthony by Bernado Strozzi

A mesmerising digital reconstruction of the saint’s visage reminds us what it means to be human

'The pill seems to be the medically miraculous answer to the fear of an unwanted baby' (PA)

And this confusion is rooted in the arrival of the Pill in the early 1960s

Georges Bernanos, author of Diary of a Country Priest

Bernanos’s novel shows life as a battle between hope and despair

Snow White and Cinderella both feature in Grimms' Fairy Tales (PA)

No matter what Dawkins says, fairy tales contain some valuable life lessons

Nicky Campbell presents The Big Questions programme on the afterlife

If you want to ponder the afterlife, switch off the television and read an article by Stratford Caldecott

'Atheism couldn’t provide a satisfying answer to her emotions when she fell in love and had a baby' (Photo: PA)

Her story shows how reason can guide people to faith

People attend a protest march against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris (CNS)

Catholics who oppose change are often informed that they “are on the wrong side of history”

A painting of St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales wrote with clarity about the extraordinary power of an apparently basic gesture