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'Do No Harm' is an honest, humble and occasionally dramatic account of what it is like to do brain surgery (PA)

A new book brings home the fact that, among the desperately ill, Christians do not simply trust in surgical skill

‘My own veritable Joseph handed me his credit card and left me to it in Mothercare’  (PA)

This year I am experiencing Advent from a fresh angle, from Mary’s remarkable perspective as an expectant mother

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara (CNS)

On the questions of ISIS and Armenia, President Erdogan seemed to be given a pass by the Pope

George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas

Faithful at Mass in the Extraordinary Form face the same challenge of distraction (Photo: CNS)

‘Gazing about, reaching for this and that’: the challenge of distraction, it seems, was just as strong at the EF as with the Novus Ordo

The Sea of Galilee as seen from the village of Capernaum (Photo: CNS)

The remaining all-Christian villages in the region are picturesque and prosperous and trace their history to the first century

Benedict XVI, assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, arrives for Pope Francis's encounter with the elderly in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The joy of the gospel, says Pope Benedict, lies in the authentic truth about God

Soldiers carry a large poster of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Which way will Turkey turn?

President Erdogan seems to be doing much to reverse Atatürk’s secular reforms

Pope Francis greets some women as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for peace and for the reconciliation of North and South Korea (CNS)

Pope Francis has a strong track record on respect for women and the elderly

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here