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Pope Francis arrives on his popemobile for toay's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

The Pope quoted from Julian’s vision in which Jesus told her ‘if I might suffer more, I would suffer more’

Atheist advertising campaign launched

A book of apologetics reminds me why that is the faith’s enduring strength

An anchorite's cell at Fore Abbey, County Westmeath, Ireland

How I became a medieval-style anchorite

The author, a hermit, explains how she was transformed in her mid-50s from a professional woman into a ‘prisoner of the Lord’

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In his weekly catechesis Pope Benedict held up the medieval mystic as a woman who understood that divine love is at the heart of spiritual life