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A statue of Mary stands amid homes destroyed by fire after Hurricane Sandy struck New York (CNS)

A house fire once destroyed all the holy objects in my bedroom – except one

A statue of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) is pictured in the Vatican Gardens  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) 3.

St Bernard of Clairvaux’s Feast Day is celebrated today

People pray at a memorial in Hiroshima (CNS)

The martyrdom of Blessed Louis challenges us to go out and try to convert people to the faith

The Assumption of the Virgin by Francesco Botticini (1475-6)

For parents, make cakes; for churchgoers, meet friends; for everyone, contemplate

A painting of St Francis de Sales gives St Jane Jane Frances the Rule of the Order of the Visitation

St Jane Frances struck up a close friendship with St Francis de Sales

Pope Francis prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo: CNS)

The devotion was explained by Our Lady to Sister Lucia 90 years ago this December

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Oklahoma (Photo: PA)

We need to be ready for the abortion industry spin: that to deny the use of unborn babies for research is morally wrong

A painting of St Philip Neri

The heart of St Philip’s apostolate is beating strong half a millennium after his birth

A detail from St Margaret and the Dragon by Titian

Today is the feast day of the patron saint of pregnant mothers and women in childbirth

'Offering prayers of thanksgiving when prayers are not answered can be very good for our soul ' (CNS)

Disappointments can actually help us to grow in trust and humility