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Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

There are worse places to be (AP)

Let’s raise a Kinnie to one of the world’s most beautiful – and most Catholic – cities

Pope Francis prepares to address the Schoenstatt movement on Saturday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/10/14

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'Pope Francis concluded his final address by quoting his immediate predecessor extensively' (CNS)

The main thrust of the synod’s message and final report was ignored by the secular media

The Pope celebrates Mass at Verano cemetery last November (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/10/14

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Archbishop Bruno Forte speaks to Cardinal Péter Erdő at the synod (CNS)

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Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, centre, at the family synod (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/10/14

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The end of Communism was extremely stressful, but Russians are finding their faith again (AP)

A quarter century after the Communist nightmare ended, it is the East where Christianity is rising again

Pope Francis waves as he leaves the general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 22/10/14

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