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Pope Francis points to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

The Pontiff started a new series of audience talks looking at the ‘real life’ of families today

Pope Francis uses incense as he venerates the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Why Our Lady loves the number 13

98 years ago today, Our Lady appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco for the first time

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Colombo (PA)

‘Our Lady remained always with you,’ the Pope tells the faithful in Sri Lanka

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

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

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

Canon John Redford

Remembering the gracious priest who worked at the Maryvale Institute for many years

Stuart Randell poses in front of his Sacred Tattoos parlour in Fremantle, Western Australia

Don’t put your faith in tattoos

The Catechism has nothing to say on tattoos as a general rule, but even devotional body art is ill-advised

A Pro-life Day with Mary could be organised annually (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Pro-lifers should start by saying that abortion is intrinsically evil and fight on that principle

Photo: PA

Two stories I encountered yesterday offered an alternative to the Ann Furedi perspective