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Fr Franz Reinisch was executed for refusing to serve in the army under the Nazis

Bishops deferred to authority and priests and seminarians mainly followed suit. The lesson? That we must always speak out when our conscience is challenged

Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, in Barcelona, Spain (PA)

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways

Dawn Eden (Photo: Ron Santini)

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, says chastity is not abstinence, but a virtue that can help us all love more fully

St Francis with the Animals by Lambert de Hondt the Elder and Willem van Herp the Elder

St Francis didn’t think animals were ‘almost’ like us – he loved them because they had come from the hand of God

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal George, who died last week, offered a deeper perspective on history to those dismayed by the signs of the times

A group of Cuban children sing for Pope John Paul II in 1998 (CNS)

The late Pope’s Letter to Families, written in 1994, highlights issues the synod will need to address

'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