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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

Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

Margot Parker: ‘Churches have grown because they are full of Catholic immigrants. I don’t have a problem with this. It’s terrific for the Church’

MEP Margot Parker says her party has a strong Catholic contingent that wants to build bridges with the Church

Bishop Bernard Fellay (PA)

We need to start by praying, especially for those with whom we disagree

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.