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The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

Cardinal Daniélou

At last Cardinal Jean Daniélou is beginning to be honoured as he should be

An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

During Eastertide many souls are released to heaven. They need our prayers as they cannot help themselves

'The most significant political, moral and social battle in 50 years is lurking on the horizon' (Photo: PA)

For the first time in my life I am voting Labour. This is why…

St John Paul II greets the World Youth Day crowd in Czestochowa, Poland, in 1992 (CNS)

St Louis de Montfort believed that the Rosary was the most powerful weapon against evil that Christians could employ

On Good Friday, our iPhone might pose the greatest distraction ( Yui Mok/PA Wire)

This day is a challenge for iPhone owners, bloggers and Facebook users

The Entombment by Ary Scheffer features on the cover of MAGNIFICAT's Holy Week edition

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Maggie Gobran, known as "Mama Maggie," places a new slipper on a girl's foot (PA)

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Oils are prepared for the Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Clifton 
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

I was struck by all the people, some still to be born, who would experience the anointing with oil over the coming year

Washing and kissing feet: Mama Maggie’s attention is always focused on the children (AP)

Amid the filth and despair of Cairo’s worst slums, a middle-class ‘lady in white’ feels called by God to protect the children who must sort rubbish to stay alive