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People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

People view the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

The display of the shroud should be ‘a time of grace’, an Italian archbishop has said

A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona (PA)

What the Grand Canyon tells us about God

Contemplation always involves knowledge of one’s true scale, of a reality that dwarfs the ego

Archbishop Cushley meeting inhabitants of Chipolomba village including Mary Jackson, in the yellow jumper

The Catholic definition of charity

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund is helping farmers in Malawi

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope spoke about the importance of family during his general audience

Stephen Fry (PA)

An interview in which Stephen Fry denounced God as ‘evil’ has proved a viral hit

The view from Mount Nebo, where Moses once looked out on the Promised Land

The greatest prophet of the Old Testament

Fourth Sunday of the Year, deut 18:15-20; 1 cor 7:32-35; mk 1:21-28 (year b)

St Francis de Sales

Francis is known for his writing on spiritual formation and is the patron saint of journalists