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Pilgrims walking to the 'Shrine Of Our Lady' in Walsingham, Norfolk carrying a wooden cross through the village of North Barsham, Good Friday (PA)

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

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the sanctuary in Portugal (AP)

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

Rescuers works at the scene of a train accident after two commuter trains collided head-on near the town of Andria, Italy (AP)

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

The Dowry of Mary pilgrimage at Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/

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

Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/

Here are four shrines that are flourishing

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

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

A Filipino woman carries an image of the blessed Virgin Mary as she walks past the damaged Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in the typhoon-ravaged town of Palo, central Philippines in 2013 (AP)

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

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating Mass on the feast of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

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

A detail from Fra Angelico's Madonna of Humility (1433–1435)

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

An infant rides atop a pickup truck during a St Patrick's Day Parade (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

How to tell the story of St Patrick

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