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A worshipper holds a rosary inside the Basilica of the Holy Child in Tacloban, Philippines (CNS)

Prayers urged in wake of claims of Islamist threat to pontiff

Bishop Peter Libasci addresses mourners at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic church during a special Mass for  James Foley (PA)

‘I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray,’ wrote murdered American journalist to his family

'There is one right way to set up an oratory but that individual family oratories should communicate your own faith'

An energetic new book offers a helpful guide to praying at home

St Dominic, depicted here by El Greco

In a recently rediscovered text the founder of the Dominican order shows how we can unite body and soul in prayer, says Angelo Stagnaro

Our own use of the word ‘Abba’ is the fruit of the presence of the Spirit of Christ within us, he says

An iPhone owner uses Confession: Roman Catholic App to prepare for the sacrament (Photo: CNS)

How your mobile phone can help you pray

Some think that smartphones are a threat to spiritual life. Nonsense, says Angelo Stagnaro

Benedict XVI looks at a traditional Mexican Nativity scene donated by the state of Puebla (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Benedict XVI says prayer should not just be a request for God to fulfil one’s wishes

At his weekly general audience Pope Benedict XVI said prayer and humility helped people fulfil the will of God

In his weekly general audience the Pope reflects on Jesus’s prayer

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

People do not know who they are unless they pray regularly, Pope Benedict XVI says at his general audience