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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

A banner of St Kateri Tekakwitha hangs from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Throughout her short life, St Kateri Tekakwitha suffered so that she could pursue her calling as a bride of Christ

Pope Francis (CNS)

Modern Catholics are too prone to thinking that Our Lord’s Passion and the Divine Gift of His Precious Blood is something locked in the past

A statue of Padre Pio covered with rosaries stands in Mergellina bay, in Naples (PA)

There are three disciplines we must all adopt in order to try and achieve sainthood

A detail from The Crucifixion of St Peter by Caravaggio

The good example set by the two great saints must never be underestimated

A detail from St Francis Preaches to the Birds by Giotto

Throughout the centuries, saintly priests and nuns have been exemplary environmentalists

Francisco de Zurbarán's painting of the saint

He could be intercessor for the young people who found themselves on the jobs market after 2008

If immodesty is the issue, why not at least recognise that often men don’t cover themselves properly in public? (Photo: PA)

Much time is spent contesting what women should wear to stay modest – but it seems that men need some guidance in this area too

A Eucharistic procession in Leicester Square, central London (Photo: Mazur/

Showing our love for Christ in the most public way possible can have a great power