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The indescribable wonder of a baby (PA)

We can rediscover the truth about love

An understanding of life, childbearing and sexuality is written on our hearts. Peer through the darkness and it can still be found

Pope Francis steps off a plane (CNS)

Francis made the comments in a book reflecting on his pilgrimages as Pontiff

St Damien De Veuster on his deathbed on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1889 (CNS)

Holiness is not to be sneered at

Why do critics spend so much time scolding the saintly?

An unnamed gunman pictured shortly after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

A poster of Our Lady of Guadalupe  (AP)

Francis Phillips picks out her favourite books of 2016

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the first in a series of talks about hope

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Bishop organised the raising of millions of dollars to pay ransom to the Islamic extremists

Pope Francis speaking in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis spoke in St Peter’s Square on the First Sunday of Advent

Director Mel Gibson, centre, on the set of Hacksaw Ridge(CNS)

Mel Gibson returns to the director’s chair after a 10-year absence

Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the new superior general of the Society of Jesus (CNS)

Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal was elected last week