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

Catholic critic Edward Short’s Adventures in the Books Pages features perceptive comment on the likes of Graham Greene, Leonardo da Vinci and GK Chesterton

Bishops arrive for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The canonisation of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin is a crucial part of the process

A bust of Edith Cavell in Brussels unveiled earlier this month (AP)

The First World War nurse exemplified all the qualities associated with an ideal of womanhood that’s not fashionable today

The 'engine room' at the Vatican (Photo: AP)

To avoid becoming downcast it is best to heed the advice of Mgr Ronald Knox

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

By the time young Catholics reach university so many are ill-equipped to relate their faith to their lives

Wedding couples sit inside St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

Persuading young people to opt for marriage and family cannot be achieved by loving compassion alone

US Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has been appointed director of the Vatican Observatory (CNS)

A new book charts the historical relationship between the Church and science

A displaced Christian girl who fled the violence in Mosul. Have we forgotten their plight? (AP Photo)

It’s right that we help everyone we can, but should we give priority to the region’s Christians?

Children wave to Pope Francis as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican for a meeting with large families in 2014 (AP)

Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book persuades us that life can be a much larger and more exciting adventure if we put ourselves in God’s hands

A brave attempt to offer a family to those without

A brave and fragile attempt to counter our atomised society