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Cardinal Robert Sarah, centre, pictured at last year's extraordinary synod (CNS)

A selection of essays by Cardinal Sarah and others demonstrate the inspiration of the Holy Spirit at work

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 25 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The synod heard the story of a couple who were cruelly separated but remained faithful

Author Fiorella de Maria worked in a hospital in Jerusalem during her gap year (PA)

Fiorella de Maria’s We’ll Never Tell Them, set amid the two World Wars, is a perfect read for young people debating their future path in life

'My friend once went to Confession twice in the space of 30 minutes' (CNS)

“Mercy Works: Practical Love for the 21st Century” is a must-read

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