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Francis Phillips interviews Catholic writer Joseph Pearce about his new book on a private pilgrimage

Reflecting on the horrors of hell can help us to avoid ending up there

In a telegram, Francis entrusted the protection of the 23 people killed in the crash in the south of Italy to the Virgin Mary

Some see the devotion as archaic but at my parish it has become a major event drawing Catholics and non-Catholics alike

Here are four shrines that are flourishing

For some reason, Mary is often a stumbling block for those outside the Church.

If we think we are too good to pray to Our Lady, we are cultivating a very deadly, sinful pride

The Pope gave a homily at Mass celebrating the transferred feast of the Annunciation

Other Churches may quibble about a time when a baby is ‘less’ than human, but the Feast of the Annunciation tells it like it is

Growing up in Ireland, we learnt in primary school that one of St Patrick’s stellar achievements was banishing the snakes from Ireland