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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Mark Riebling’s Church of Spies is an exciting Vatican thriller that doesn’t quite add up

Young Jewish refugees from Germany arrive at Parkeston Quay, Harwich, in 1939 (PA)

Wartime refugees had a high regard for Britain’s values. But we hardly know what those values are any more

At the end we are bathed in love (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Our deathbeds are an opportunity to sort out the unfinished, sometimes heartbreaking, emotional business of life

People have their wedding pictures taken at the papal cross in Phoenix Park in Dublin (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

Delia Maguire tells Francis Phillips that, after the abuse crisis, the Church in Ireland will never be the same again

A man takes a picture of proceedings during an annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession  in Ireland (PA)

Despite some criticisms of Catholic culture, The Rural Gentleman by Delia Maguire is never contemptuous or dismissive of the Faith

Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London (Photo: PA)

In his interview with Andrea Tornielli Pope Francis recalled his first encounter with God’s mercy

Pskov-Caves Monastery, near Estonia: ‘A new world suddenly opened up for us’ (Wikipedia)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

People pray during a Mass  at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Francis Phillips talks to Roger Buck the author of the ‘Gentle Traditionalist’

Dublin Millennium Bridge (PA)

The Gentle Traditionalist has scathing words to say about our contemporary western culture

Fireworks over the River Thames in London to celebrate the New Year (PA)

Let’s recognise that eternal salvation is what life is really about