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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

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

Eight books every Catholic should read (PA)

Catholic Books of the Year

Our books blogger lists her favourite books of 2015

Bishops attend the morning session of the Synod at the Vatican (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis Phillips interviews pro-life doctor Dr Anca-Maria Cernea

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

In a long interview, the African cardinal explains the impact missionaries to Guinea have had on his life