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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

Edith Sitwell Below: Muriel Spark (PA)

A meeting of two literary converts

Muriel Spark found Catholicism practical and rational, while Edith Sitwell was receptive to the power of sacramental grace

'Do No Harm' is an honest, humble and occasionally dramatic account of what it is like to do brain surgery (PA)

A new book brings home the fact that, among the desperately ill, Christians do not simply trust in surgical skill

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

A revelatory new book will please those anxious to see Archbishop Sheen’s canonisation

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in March (CNS)

Author Patrick Madrid’s new book is eloquent on the importance of sacramental Confession

'Natural family planning is a way of spacing births in a family when there is a good reason for doing so'

Simcha Fisher’s Sinner’s Guide is recommended for those faithful to Church teaching on contraception and those who are struggling with it