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Archbishop Longley entrusting the relic at Wolverhampton Carmel (Flickr/Mazur)

Archbishop Bernard Longley commemorated the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today in Gotarrendura, Spain

The witty Spanish saint was, in some ways, the Pope Francis of her time

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

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A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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St John of the Cross

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The saint who co-founded the barefoot Carmelites

Francis is framed by flags from a delegation rom Carovigno, southern Italy, (AP)

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Holy Land Coordination bishops at Mass in Gaza
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Guinness rehearses Alan Bennett's Habeus Corpus (PA photo)

Alec Guinness and the Spanish mystics

In his diary he says St Teresa of Avila’s autobiography must be ‘one of the greatest given to the world’