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People in Krakow, Poland, take part in the Three Kings Day Parade  (CNS)

I’m ready to embrace the small and symbolic traditions that I once thought of as archaic

The Trappist St Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts: ‘Man must recognise his smallness’ (AP)

The silence that makes us tremble

In this extract from his new book, the Vatican’s head of liturgy tells Nicolas Diat that we need to rediscover a ‘joyful and sacred fear’

A poster of Our Lady of Guadalupe  (AP)

Francis Phillips picks out her favourite books of 2016

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