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A statue of the Virgin Mary (CNS)

Bishops say Marian emails and texts circulated in Ivory Coast may disturb public order

ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

An actor portrays Jesus in the Stations of the Cross during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 (CNS)

The names of the stations are printed in the pre-conciliar editions of the Roman Missal, as well as in people’s trusty hand missals

Many exploring Catholicism find the doors of our churches closed to them (CNS)

Unlocking the secret to evangelisation

Your parish may have an impressive liturgy, solid teaching and an inspiring outreach to the poor, but still be missing something vital

Shahbaz Bhatti at the US bishops’ HQ in Washington DC, 2009: ‘I live for religious freedom, and am ready to die for this cause’

Behold a martyr for religious freedom

When Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down four years ago the world lost one of the most courageous, cheerful and tireless defenders of persecuted Christians

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

Jesus Cures a Leper by Jan Luyken

Sixth Sunday of the Year: Lev 13:1-2 & 44-46; 1 Cor 10:31 – 11:1; Mk 1: 40-45 (year b)

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments during Mass at his residence in the Vatican

People gather in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France (PA)

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was iconoclastic in the traditional sense – an attack on makers of images

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on the feast of the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope delivers homily during Mass to mark the feast of the Epiphany