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Clive James

James is a ‘pugnacious and provocative’ writer but Cultural Amnesia is not without flaws

Women priests (PA)

The author of Bread Not Stones had a dramatic and unconventional journey to Rome

The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

What secular historians of the Reformation have missed is that commemorating saints’ days in medieval Catholic England was a popular celebration of holy life

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s dystopian reading material

Francis’s love of Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson highlights his appreciation of the power of the Devil

Alice von Hildebrand, pictured in 2010 with the then Archbishop Raymond Burke (CNS)

Alice von Hildebrand uncompromising attitude to objective truth does not go down well in an age of relativism

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

An undated portrait of GK Chesterton by Edwin Swan (CNS)

Peter Mullen’s new book praises the spiritual depth of Newman and the damaged brilliance of Coleridge

An image of Agnès Sorel, the 15th-century royal mistress and fashion trendsetter (CNS)

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Pope Francis listening to Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, who spoke at the Vatican in February (CNS)

The Way’s founder, Kiko Arguello, has written a book that is dramatic, intense, and deeply personal

Children at St Benedict's Catholic school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 'All the children are involved in the solemn enactment of something infinitely larger than them' (Photo: CNS)

The beauty lies in children stumbling through the extraordinary story of how God chose to enter the world