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Pope Frnacis made headlines this year when he embraced a boy with cerebral palsy (CNS)

The success of putting disability on display

We need to embrace the human race in all its vulnerability

South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speech during the memorial service for former Nelson Mandela (PA)

Will the public barracking of the South African president mark the beginning of the end for the politics of wishful thinking in Africa?

Pope Francis arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/12/13

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Pope Francis (AP)

The widespread appeal of Pope Francis, named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, must not be wasted

'The Office for National Statistics is reviewing how it publishes its figures on marriage, civil partnership and divorce' (PA)

The ONS may even include civil partnerships: marriage statistics could provide figures only on “legally recognised partnerships”: its statistics will be meaningless

Ann Widdecombe with Hegeno Lerenso, front, and Welde, left

People with leprosy live there in the worst conditions imaginable, pushed to the fringes of society

A girl in Mexico eats a meal provided with the help of Caritas (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/13

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Nelson Mandela (PA)

Comparing Mandela to Jesus is absurd

Even the very greatest saints in the Christian calendar, like Francis of Assisi, are only “Christ-like” insofar as they have come to reflect their divine Master

Female dress codes are the most high-profile aspect of Islamic law (AP)

The ‘vigilantes’ of east London may have been Pythonesque, but the issue is deadly serious

Francis prays before the Column of the Immaculate Conception (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/13

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