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Francis kisses a child as he arrives for the general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 08/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Prof Brian Cox (PA)

Unlike Richard Dawkins, the physicist displays a winning humility when discussing God’s existence

Pope Francis attends the first full day of the family synod (AP)

After eight solid months of debate on Communion, Francis has shared his compelling vision for the family synod

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (PA)

Destructive bombs have nothing to do with God

An Iraqi Christian fleeing ISIS seeks refuge inside a church (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass opening the family synod (AP)

How to sound extraordinarily well informed about the momentous gathering of bishops in Rome

The beatification Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Bishop Kieran Conry (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

We need to find out why canon law failed to prevent this current mess from occurring

Pope Francis arrives for a week-long Lenten retreat with members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome (Photo: CNS)

The rolling of heads is hardly a de-Ratzingerisation, but it does suggest an adjustment to the line taken by Benedict XVI and St John Paul II