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Today’s Catholic must reads: 23/04/14

Pope Francis greets the crowd before his general audience (AP)

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

What is the point of travelling anywhere if it does not lead to an encounter with Jesus?

Anglican village churches often have dwindling congregations (PA)

If villages need a spiritual heart then churches should expose the Blessed Sacrament

Tony Blair’s alliance with China and Russia is as immoral as it is naive

Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

A woman looks at portraits of Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Generations of Englishmen have ignored or smothered the Bard’s ‘treacherous’ popery

A pair of saints to be proud of

John Paul II prays during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003 Below: John XXIII pictured in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/04/14

Pope Francis waves during his Regina Caeli address yesterday (AP)

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

Is anyone really that bothered by Britain being called a Christian country?

Cameron: does do God (PA)

David Cameron’s comments seem to have irritated some high-profile atheists, but no imams

Shrewsbury is offering the way forward out of the vocations crisis

We need more of these (CNS)

Let us hope other dioceses open their own houses of discernment

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/04/14

Chinese faithful celebrate Easter Mass at a patriotic church in Beijing (AP)

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

From the First World War to Syria, the unending heroism of the Catholic priest

A century after the First World War, priests like Fr Franz still make huge sacrifices (CNS)

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice