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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

A prayer card featuring Frank Duff

Frank Duff’s biographer Finola Kennedy tells Jack Carrigan why the founder of the Legion of Mary was way ahead of his time