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Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

The film handles questions of sin, doctrine and mercy which are at the heart of today’s controversies

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

Pope Benedict XVI's word seems prophetic in retrospect (PA)

In 1970 Joseph Ratzinger predicted the Church’s declining influence in the world

People take part in a vigil at Trafalgar Square, London, after the New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub (AP)

2017 is set to be another bleak year unless serious progress in tackling terrorism is made

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica in November (AP)

Ten memorable Catholic moments from 2016

From the murder of Fr Hamel to Cardinal Sarah’s ad orientem appeal

Pope Francis delivers his message to prelates on the occasion of his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia (AP)

Nearly four years into the reign of Pope Francis, we still do not know what his reformed Roman Curia might look like

A consultation room at a Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast (AP)

The failures of Marie Stopes only illustrate wider problems in the abortion industry

A screen shot from Mary Kenny's new book

The Catholic writer and Herald columnist speaks to me about her heroes and the adage she lives by

Children at Kanjedza Primary School in Malawi receive their daily mug of likuni phala

Our continuing work is testament to the great graces of mercy we have received during this year

ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in 2014 (AP)

The extremists can’t resist a public platform. So let’s subject their ideas to real scrutiny