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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Mark Riebling’s Church of Spies is an exciting Vatican thriller that doesn’t quite add up

At the end we are bathed in love (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Our deathbeds are an opportunity to sort out the unfinished, sometimes heartbreaking, emotional business of life

A man takes a picture of proceedings during an annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession  in Ireland (PA)

Despite some criticisms of Catholic culture, The Rural Gentleman by Delia Maguire is never contemptuous or dismissive of the Faith

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

In a long interview, the African cardinal explains the impact missionaries to Guinea have had on his life

An Ethiopian church in Lake Tana: African culture has not always repressed women

A translation of ‘the first true biography of an African woman’ challenges lazy assumptions about the continent’s culture

St John Paul II meets then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2004 (CNS)

A new book offers fascinating insight into the late pontiff from the likes of Benedict XVI and those who knew Karol Wojtyla growing up

Cardinal Robert Sarah, centre, pictured at last year's extraordinary synod (CNS)

A selection of essays by Cardinal Sarah and others demonstrate the inspiration of the Holy Spirit at work

Martin Luther lived in this building in Wittenberg for most of his adult life

Scott Hendrix has written a scholarly but vivid portrait of a man living through a spiritual crisis

Author Fiorella de Maria worked in a hospital in Jerusalem during her gap year (PA)

Fiorella de Maria’s We’ll Never Tell Them, set amid the two World Wars, is a perfect read for young people debating their future path in life