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Stop! New Year is the time for filling your house with friends and feasting (AP)

The party must go on – yes, into February

The modern tendency is to start and end Christmas early. Let’s return to our roots and celebrate until Candlemas

The Trappist St Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts: ‘Man must recognise his smallness’ (AP)

The silence that makes us tremble

In this extract from his new book, the Vatican’s head of liturgy tells Nicolas Diat that we need to rediscover a ‘joyful and sacred fear’

A Rohingya man describes the recent  onslaught against his people in Burma (AP)

Like many countries, Burma has been ravaged by sectarian hatred. But at an inter-religious meeting, I saw a flicker of hope

St Damien De Veuster on his deathbed on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1889 (CNS)

Holiness is not to be sneered at

Why do critics spend so much time scolding the saintly?

An unnamed gunman pictured shortly after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

Catholic schools are under a lot of pressure to convert to academies

The Government has said no school will be forced to become an academy, but it now seems inevitable that most will convert at some point

Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples by Paolo Veronese

Experience shows that ‘laying down one’s life’ is a mark of real love

Sajid Javid, the secretary of state for communities and local government, outside Downing Street (PA)

Institutions from pubs to universities are already helping to reduce isolation and extremism

A family prays before dinner (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

How to make your home a domestic church

It is clear from the Holy Scriptures, that the Catholic faith is something that happens in a domestic setting

Immersive and devastating: Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer in Son of Saul

The best films of 2016

Son of Saul, The Club and Anomalisa all helped make 2016 a fantastic year in cinema