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Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

Mother Winsome with Mgr Keith Newton on New Year's Day

This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could not have foreseen how the Church would change (Photo: CNS)

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating

Timeless     Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Unlike the pseudo-scripture of our age, the texts are timeless

Cardinal Ravasi also encourages priests to use Twitter (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Ravasi says priests should use dramatic stories and imagery from the Bible to add colour to their homilies

A scene from the 2007 film adaptation of Beowulf

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth

Benedict XVI told pilgrims this week that some books in the Bible could be read in an hour (CNS photo)

I’m not sure I can sit on the beach, surrounded by grandchildren, and read the Book of Job

David and his wife Samantha at a cafe in Tuscany (Lorenzo Galassi/PA Wire)

Three books in particular spring to mind

PA photo

The Pope’s advice is to dip into the Book of Tobit, the Book of Esther or the Song of Songs. What would Herald readers suggest?