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St John Paul II greets the World Youth Day crowd in Czestochowa, Poland, in 1992 (CNS)

St Louis de Montfort believed that the Rosary was the most powerful weapon against evil that Christians could employ

'The first reading at Mass of St Patrick, from Jeremiah, gives us a wonderful image of God touching the mouth of the prophet so that he will speak not his own words, but God’s'

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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

A stained glass window depicting St David

Magnificat: The week ahead

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

Men are far more likely than women to leave the Catholic Church in Britain (CNS)

Put the new evangelisation on hold

Unless we truly understand why thousands are leaving the Church in Britain any attempt to spread the faith will flounder

The second Sunday of Advent is this weekend (PA)

The week ahead: December 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the ordinary and extraordinary form

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