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Bottles of Lourdes water line the wall at the spigots inside the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in France (CNS)

Lourdes water can heal at home

There are 69 miraculous Lourdes cures that are officially recognised by the Church, not forgetting the many anecdotal cures

The body of St Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (AP)

In 1964, Pope Paul VI lifted the unjust and severe restrictions on Padre Pio’s ministry

Pope Francis prays in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Francis says the month of May is a fitting time to start the habit of a daily rosary

Cora Sherlock

Mary O’Regan meets the softly spoken but steely campaigner seeking the repeal of Ireland’s abortion law

The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, April 24. The body of Padre Pio, who died in 1968, will be on display until at least September. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) (April 24, 2008)

Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound

Pope Francis – the secular media think they love him, but we really do

The secular media are in love with a pope of their own creation

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (PA)

Mother Teresa persuaded Clinton to open a home for orphaned children, and we should follow the feisty nun’s example

Hoffman, with Doubt co-stars Viola Davis, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The late actor shone a torch into the dark corners of clericism

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Seamus Heaney., who died in August (PA)

The late poet’s attitude to his faith goes some way to explaining why he was adored by the liberal, secular elite