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A detail from Tintoretto’s Creation of the Animals

Rupert Shortt deploys both St Thomas Aquinas and Bertrand Russell in his defence of Christianity as a way of making sense of the world

Cardinal Sarah of Guinea: strong, wise and confidently Catholic (Photo: AP)

Cardinal Robert Sarah has the quiet authority to stand up to Western ideology

Cardinal Dziwisz prays at the tomb of St John Paul II in 2011 (CNS)

This insightful portrait of St John Paul II by those who knew him is far from hagiographic

Pope Francis sits in the back row of the chapel where he preaches his daily homilies (CNS)

The Pope’s homilies are couched in homely language, with vivid images taken from daily life

Blessed Clemens August von Galen: the strongest episcopal critic of the Nazis

A disturbing book investigates why Catholic priests served in the Wehrmacht

Joseph Stalin with Svetlana in 1936. He wrought havoc with her emotions

Stalin’s Daughter explores the life of the woman whose father’s infamous legacy following her around the globe

Dorothy Day is depicted in a stained-glass window at a church in New York

Dorothy Day’s House of Hospitality is a vivid account of the trials of a saint in the making

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk championed Turkish women’s education and rights (PA)

Paul Ginsborg highlights the unhealthy family environment which seemed to nurture a number of dictators

A Katyń memorial: a priest was sent to the area to give the dead a Christian burial (AP)

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Dietrich von Hildebrand

An English translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s documentation of Hitler’s evil makes for inspiring reading