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A painting of St Philip Neri

The heart of St Philip’s apostolate is beating strong half a millennium after his birth

'Offering prayers of thanksgiving when prayers are not answered can be very good for our soul ' (CNS)

Disappointments can actually help us to grow in trust and humility

See how the vast majority of people in 
St Peter’s Square reach for their camera the moment the Pope appears. (PA)

The abbot who knows his sheep by name

One can reach an oasis of monastic calm and peace in half an hour from Waterloo

Pope Francis being driven through Sarajevo in the popemobile (CNS)

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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

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