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Hans and Sophie Scholl (PA)

The siblings were executed after they distributed literature alerting people to the evil of Nazism

Pope Francis walks past an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus after laying a white rose in front of it in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

As Mary is, so all Christians should aspire to be

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How far to compromise? The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (AP)

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China

Historic talks between Vatican and Beijing could unify the Church in China but critics say a deal with an atheist government would ‘betray Christ’

Poor Clare Colettine nuns walk back to their monastery after a funeral (CNS)

The nuns who have doctors baffled

Doctors are unable to explain why a nun’s brain fully invaded with Alzheimer’s kept functioning at a high level

Until I went to Paray-le-Monial, I had been puzzled by these statues (CNS)

The return of Jansenism

Is there a faint echo of the Jansenist controversy in the current dubia drama?

Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

Russian writer Irina Ratushinskaya (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Poet and author Irina Ratushinskaya was imprisoned in a labour camp for four years

Mother Teresa prays at the Missionaries of Charity in East Beirut (Photo: AP)

Advent is a chance to deepen our experience of the liturgy – beginning with silence

Fr Antonio Spadaro (right) at the Vatican in 2014 (CNS)

The controversies about screenshots and anonymous accounts have obscured Fr Spadaro’s startling remarks about Communion