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Pope Francis welcomes a young pilgrim before hearing confession in St. Peter's Square (CNS photo/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Why does Amoris Laetita remind priests that Confession should not be torture?

'Recognise the importance of immersing oneself in a Catholic culture' (AP)

A recent comment under one of my blogs beautifully illustrated why I chose to be Catholic

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