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Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/03/13

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Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Pope Francis floors the media

Attacks on the Pontiff from the press were expected but are undeserved

St. Hildegard of BIngen is depicted on a gilded altarpiece inside the Rochuskapelle, a pilgrim church in Bingen am Rhein, Germany (Photo: CNS)

Catholic Women Rising is a novel way of expressing the Church’s goodness

A nun carries the cross during the Via Crucis at the Colosseum in 2011 (AP)

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Dr Giles Fraser Photo: PA

Dr Giles Fraser is mistaken when he suggests that celebrating the triumph of the Cross is theologically illiterate

Pope Francis addresses diplomats in the Sala Regia on Friday (CNS)

There are some irreversible changes which cause lasting damage: others which bring real spiritual growth. Pope Francis will know the difference

Pope Francis greets crowd in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Some of the best-informed Italian journalists noticed the emergence of Cardinal Bergoglio

A statue of Archbishop Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

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Fr Bergoglio as a young priest in Argentina (CNS)

What would we have done in Argentina?