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St Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today in Gotarrendura, Spain

The witty Spanish saint was, in some ways, the Pope Francis of her time

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Sisters in the congregation she founded were the first to visit prisoners in Dublin's Kilmainham jail

The Sister who gave up privilege to walk with the downtrodden can counter Irish prejudice against nuns today

Pope Francis (CNS)

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit

A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

Could you resist the allure of a marshmallow for 15 minutes?

Don’t take my word for it: look at what scientists discovered in a famous experiment

A still from the film (Photo: CNS)

The film is a deceitful fantasy. A book about a girl’s murder tells the real story

A pilgrim prays at the foot of a statue of Mary at the sanctuary in Lourdes (PA)

Like St Bernadette, we too can offer life’s trials for the redemption of the world

Pope Francis holds up a medallion of St Therese of Lisieux after answering questions from the media aboard his flight to Manila (CNS)

The Pope was given a framed image of the Little Flower during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines