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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/10/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pope Benedict arrives at this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Benedict arrives at this morning's general audience (AP)

Faith calls people out of isolation and into community, Benedict XVI said at the general audience this morning (video).

Chinese bishops have said their government is unlikely to respond favourably to a Vatican cardinal’s appeal for new dialogue.

English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has called for prisoners to be “treated with respect and kindness“.

Cardinal-designate John Onaiyekan received the 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Award yesterday for his efforts to reconcile Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Author Rupert Shortt says that the persecution of Christians is “chronically under-reported in the West“.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters explains why he believes bishops should deny Communion to prominent public figures who flout Church teaching.

And Marc Barnes argues that the best way to convert atheists is to make them laugh.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.