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Russian writer Irina Ratushinskaya (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Poet and author Irina Ratushinskaya was imprisoned in a labour camp for four years

A Poor Clare Sister at prayer (AP)

The power of private revelations

A new book by Stephen Walford explores and illuminates the Communion of Saints

Benedict XVI: magisterial intellect (AP)

The translator of Benedict XVI’s Last Testament describes the joyous experience of working on the retired pope’s text

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire (PA)

Lucy Beckett’s conversion to Catholicism helped inspire her novel about the Reformation

Benedict, flanked by Archbishop Gänswein, visits Castel Gandolfo in 2015 (AP)

A new book-length interview portrays a prophet of our age

Robert Harris: he has perhaps understood Pope Francis better than most Catholics

Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’

Protesters at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester (AP)

A book by former director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, makes a case for the importance of rediscovering a shared language

Many young Americans live ‘without a Father in heaven or even a father at home’ (AP)

Book review: A shocking cultural collapse has occurred among America’s poor. RR Reno points the way to renewal

Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

The author explains why she believes her book has helped spark resistance to the ‘gender revolution’

Pope Francis, accompanied by young people at World Youth Day in July, where Docat was introduced (AP)

Docat is an entertaining but uncompromising adaption of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for young readers