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Katie Roiphe’s The Violet Hour examines writers, such as Dylan Thomas and John Updike, ‘who have worked through the problem of death in their art’

Visiting nuns venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

She never had any children, but as a dormitory mistress she lavished her maternal gifts on us

Pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe toward the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City [PA]

Around 200-300 people were walking towards a church when the accident happened in the state of Zacatecas

A priest offers Holy Communion to an elderly man in Chile (Photo: CNS)

In admitting his guilt he would have faced the truth about himself – and encountered the truth about God too

Migrants arrive at Zefyros beach near the coast of Rhodes, Greece (CNS)

Cardinal Marx says migrant deaths represent a ‘defeat for everything that makes the European Union a community of values’

The Resurrection by Lucas Cranach (1558)

The Church must remind us again about the certainty of death

There is no reason  why a coffin cannot be driven up to a crematorium  without ceremony (PA)

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious

The news reporter John Simpson says he has 'a couple of pills handy' (PA photo)

If you don’t believe in eternal life it’s hard to find meaning in the indignities of old age

A couple renew their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Nebraska (CNS photo)

Research suggests an awareness of death can reduce divorce rates. I can well believe it

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity