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People view the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

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

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

The Passion of Jesus performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

The Incarnation is drama in the true sense of the Greek word

The Annunciation by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

The promise of Advent embraces us all

Word this week: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-2 & 14; Rm 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38 (Year B)

Children in  a nativity play in a Catholic school (AP)

The end of the Christmas play would be a great shame

Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells Malawi bishops to focus on families

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham  and Orthodox Patriarch John X  visit the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, on Easter Sunday (CNS)

Easter messages also offers prayers for people in Lebanon, Iraq and the Holy Land

Judas betraying Jesus in The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

Judas was perhaps the first person to hate God in terms we can understand

Faithful take pictures with Pope Francis at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass Below: Francis sips tea passed to him from the crowd (PA) Video via RomeReports

Pope asks faithful to look into their hearts to see how they are living their lives