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Sarah Hepola

Blackout, by Sarah Hepola, is frank and shocking, but ends with hope in a higher power

GK Chesterton is discussed in Edward Short's new book (AP)

All who love Chesterton should read this scholarly, sympathetic and insightful study.

St Pope John Paul II used the term 'new evangelisation' in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (Photo: PA)

Fr Jonathan Cotton offers six steps that can prepare Catholics to share their faith

'In this age of instant communication, Christian letter-writing should be seen as an apostolate' (PA)

Putting forward the Christian point of view in the press and social media will help keep the moral dimension of public debates alive

A detail from a stain glass window at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Norfolk

Gertrud von le Fort has made an imaginative contribution to the history of the inspirational Carmelites

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, pictured in 1971 (PA)

Edward VIII was a feckless Nazi sympathiser – we should be grateful his marriage to ‘that woman’ sparked the abdication crisis

Giacomo Leopardi: 'Our going on hoping and living is a happy, natural but also real and constant madness, and something quite contrary to reason, which all too clearly shows that there is no hope for any of us.'

The pessimistic noble Giacomo Leopardi was a precursor to Nietzsche and Samuel Beckett

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents the crucifix to Pope Francis (CNS)

Whatever the crude political message behind President Morales’s crucifix, the Pope transformed it into a higher purpose

Satoko Kitahara

Satoko Kitahara, disillusioned by the war, was inspired to become Catholic after meeting Spanish missionary nuns

The dome of Sacre Coeur drew Jean-Marie Elie Setbon towards Christ (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

The story of a rabbi’s unconventional path to the Church