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A Nigerian woman wearing a rosary attends a prayer meeting for schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

A Nigerian bishop says Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said the rosary will vanquish Boko Haram

Benedict XVI arrives at Cofton Park, Birmingham, for the beatification of Cardinal Newman (AP)

Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy

Young woman wears a mantilla at Mass (CNS)

The veil denotes our hallowed status as life-givers

On Good Friday, our iPhone might pose the greatest distraction ( Yui Mok/PA Wire)

This day is a challenge for iPhone owners, bloggers and Facebook users

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