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Fr Thomas Byles

Fr Thomas Byles is said to have twice refused a seat on a lifeboat as the Titanic went down

Women pray during a Mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki (CNS)

Pope speaks to bishops after celebrations in Japan marked the 150th anniversary of a group of ‘hidden Christians’ openly professing their faith

A detail from Nicodemus Talking to Jesus by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2 chr 36:14-16 & 19-23; eph 2: 4-10; jn 3:14-21 (year b)

Jean Vanier (CNS)

Mr Vanier wins £1.1 million award for making ‘an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension’

People gather in Kiev to remember those killed in Ukrainian protests in 2014 (CNS)

$400,000 is being provided to relief programmes sponsored by the Catholic Church in Ukraine

Professional medical bodies are of little help to Catholics facing conscience issues

From midwifery to geriatrics, Catholics are being driven out of vast areas of the medical profession. We need to fight back now

Downtown Phoenix, backdropped by Piestewa Peak (PA)

Phoenix leaves me gasping in admiration

I find myself missing two things about England: a decent cup of tea and a little English reserve

St Teresa of Avila by Rubens

Self-esteem can be bad for your health

The world of self-help is edging away from the notion that high levels of self-esteem are the key to mental health

CTS have released a new edition of the Penny Catechism

The Catholic Truth Society has brought out a new edition of the little manual beloved of the Church before Vatican II

Francis appeals to young Catholic women who love Mother Church just as she is

Francis is the greatest ally women have

Following some unguarded remarks by the Pontiff, feminists are forming a queue to denounce him as a misogynist. Those who are really paying attention know that’s nonsense