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'The golden roof, the marble walls, the Vatican’s majestic halls…' (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, POOL)

A remarkable book that emerged from a chance conversation on a plane tackles the question of ‘the Pope’s jewels’

Pope Francis is greeted by Catholicos Aram I, second left, and the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica (PA)

A new book describes why Turkey is right to have an uneasy conscience over its treatment of the Armenians

An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

During Eastertide many souls are released to heaven. They need our prayers as they cannot help themselves

St John Paul II greets the World Youth Day crowd in Czestochowa, Poland, in 1992 (CNS)

St Louis de Montfort believed that the Rosary was the most powerful weapon against evil that Christians could employ

A detail from The Vision of Pontius Pilate's Wife by Sister Agnes Berchmans (James D Julia)

Along with The Diary of a Country Priest, Gertrud von le Fort’s The Wife of Pilate is one of my desert islands books

Benedict XVI: 'If we let Christ into our lives we lose nothing' (Photo: CNS)

Acedia was first identified by a Desert Father – perils to the soul haven’t changed much over the centuries

A Christie's employee with  Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Joan of Arc

A new biography makes it clear that St Joan was not a hysteric or mentally unbalanced

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

St Pope John Paul II walks in the Dolomite mountains in 1996 (Photo: PA)

The idea of old age as the last stage in the journey to God is a source of great hope

Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche (PA)

The L’Arche founder is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize