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The Resurrection (1457-1459) by the Italian painter Andrea Mantegna

Easter Sunday, Acts 10: 34. 37-43; Col 3: 1-4; Jn 20: 1-9 (year b)

World Youth Day pilgrims carry a cross in Rio (CNS)

The Cross is worth its weight not in gold, nor in suffering alone, but in the currency of divine love

A detail from The Vision of Pontius Pilate's Wife by Sister Agnes Berchmans (James D Julia)

Along with The Diary of a Country Priest, Gertrud von le Fort’s The Wife of Pilate is one of my desert islands books

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)