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Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/12/13

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CS Lewis: His work inspires Christians

Christmas reminds us that God became man

Those unfamiliar with the liturgy should be instructed by the priest when to stand and when to kneel, says Fr Lucie-Smith (CNS)

People who only very rarely go to Mass must find their annual or biennial trip to Church alienating and confusing

Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/12/13

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Christians and Muslims pray together for the return of nuns kidnapped by rebels (PA)

Douglas Alexander has raised the issue of persecution – what will Hague and Cameron do?

St Peter Canisius, hero of the the Counter-Reformation

The man who saved much of Germany for Catholicism has a lesson for us in the 21st century

President Barack Obama Below:

A federal judge has struck down Obama’s contraception mandate

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/13

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Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/12/13

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Francis will be saying confession for the next few weeks (AP)

The Pope of forgievness wishes to encourage both priests and laypeople