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Many holy people practise this quite naturally, without having to work at a mental technique at all (PA)

Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God

Pope John XXIII was canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday of this year (PA)

The affection between Saint John and the Turks remains today

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier (CNS)

Friendship makes demands and none more so than making a meaningful relationship with someone who has a learning disability

Peter Drummond-Murray (congress2006.com)

Paying tribute to a man who was brave, eccentric and generous

David Cameron during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

Rather than retreat to the catacombs, we should confidently proclaim the stupendous truths of the Creed

Anglican village churches often have dwindling congregations (PA)

If villages need a spiritual heart then churches should expose the Blessed Sacrament

We need more of these (CNS)

Let us hope other dioceses open their own houses of discernment

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt who was killed in Syria in April (CNS)

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice

Chris Woodhead, pictured in 2000 (PA)

But we who believe that life is sacred must never ‘pontificate’ to those who don’t share our convictions

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Ahead of his canonisation, it is a timely moment to reflect on how Blessed John Paul has inspired us