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Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London (Photo: PA)

In his interview with Andrea Tornielli Pope Francis recalled his first encounter with God’s mercy

Priest walk to distribute Communion during Easter Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, as he walks through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Are there really two popes?

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired ludicrous conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest

The deeply pious Henry VI died in the Tower of London on May 21, 1471 (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

King Henry VI may not be a canonised saint but the miracles attributed to his intercession are legion

An open-air Mass in Zagreb, Croatia. 'I need patience and humility to return to the dark, private box and admit that I've slipped up again' (Photo: CNS)

There needs, of course, to be a balance

St Giulio

Many of the world’s most interesting islands are also sanctuaries of the Catholic faith

James Norton as Prince Andrei in War and Peace (BBC)

The new War and Peace is a disaster

The BBC’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel is thin and shallow

Pskov-Caves Monastery, near Estonia: ‘A new world suddenly opened up for us’ (Wikipedia)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

People pray during a Mass  at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Francis Phillips talks to Roger Buck the author of the ‘Gentle Traditionalist’