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Lord Tebbit outside the Grand Hotel in Brighton (PA)

The great British survivor

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

Jeremiah, depicted by Rembrandt, promised a new start to a people trapped in sin

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Jer 31:13-34; Heb 5: 7-9; jn 12: 20-30 (Year B)

Assyrian Christians take part in a protest in the Lebanese capital Beirut (AP/Hussein Malla)

US bishops ask faithful to ‘unite with our suffering brothers and sisters’

A parishioner receives an ash cross on her forehead from during an Ash Wednesday service in Texas (CNS)

Lent is more than a spiritual boot camp

The modern tendency is to over-spiritualise Jesus’s time in the desert by making it all mythological

A detail from Nicodemus Talking to Jesus by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2 chr 36:14-16 & 19-23; eph 2: 4-10; jn 3:14-21 (year b)

St John Paul II explains how the prohibitive terms of the commandments are in fact positive assertions (CNS)

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from Magnificat, the daily spiritual life companion

The Cleansing of the Temple, depicted by an unknown artist

Third Sunday of Lent, ex 20:1-17; 1 cor 1:22-25; jn 2:13-25 (year b)

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

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Sabina in Rome (AP)

Pontiff says faithful must observe both the commandment to love God and to love neighbour