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Pope Francis – photograph taken at Assis today (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

The Pope’s conversation with Eugenio Scalfari continues to intrigue

Francis blesses a disabled person at the Seraphic Institute in Assisi (AP)

His gentle encounter with disabled people in Assisi has affirmed their unsung work

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts

Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/10/13

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Seamus Heaney., who died in August (PA)

The late poet’s attitude to his faith goes some way to explaining why he was adored by the liberal, secular elite

Barack Obama has praised the Pope's 'incredible humility' (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/10/13

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Archbishop Piero Marini adjusts Benedict XVI's skullcap in 2007 (AP)

If Archbishop Piero Marini really is appointed, it will be an unmistakeable declaration that we are all to be plunged back into the hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture

Pope Francis (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 02/10/13

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Pope Francis  (AP)

Catholic-secular divisions run deep in Italy, so the Holy Father’s interview with a leading atheist is curious

Natalie Portman says that 'the fallacy in Hollywood is that if you're making a 'feminist' story, the woman kicks ass and wins' (PA)

Assigning powerful women masculine qualities to negate their femininity was commonplace in the Tudor period