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Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history

A child is carried by a rescue worker as migrants arrive on a boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo (CNS)

Now we owe even more to the Italians

Esteem for Italy’s heroic and altruistic rescue of hundreds of thousands of migrants has surely grown all over Europe

A sneak preview of our latest issue

St George – big in England

It’s time for the English to adopt a new patron saint

Sister Camilla Oberding of Community of Our Lady of Walsingham after making her final profession in 2010 
(Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Religious congregations have found a creative new way of communicating their message

The Good Shepherd in the catacombs

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin were a shining example to their renowned daughter and still inspire Catholics today

A migrant is helped as she disembarks from a Coast Guard boat in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo (CNS)

Illegal immigration needs to end and the only possible solution is legal immigration – at present we have the worst of all possible worlds

A group of Cuban children sing for Pope John Paul II in 1998 (CNS)

The late Pope’s Letter to Families, written in 1994, highlights issues the synod will need to address

Protesters outside the US embassy in London (PA)

ISIS are not isolated fanatics, but highly organised and have a hinterland of support in many Western nations