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'None of the doctrine was watered down to make it simpler' (CNS)

From the moment we approached the Church as a newly engaged couple Lida felt its warm embrace

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion

Pope Francis blesses the crowd at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/09/14

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'The peace challenges what I like most about the Catholic Mass – namely, the privacy of prayer' (CNS)

How the sign of peace disturbs me

While exchanging the sign everyone gets up, shakes hands, gives hugs and sometimes kisses – I’ve even witnessed a full-blown snog

A woman poses with 'Choose Life' licene plate in America (CNS)

I have received surprisingly positive responses since displaying the sticker

The Pope speaks to students in Australia yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/09/14

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Russell Brand

The dangerous ignorance of Russell Brand

He is participating in a narrative that sends young British Muslims to die needlessly on the side of evil

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group (PA)

Islamic State is seeking to bully the world

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

A 3 year-old chases bubbles at an event raising money for children with Down's Syndrome (AP/Mindy Schauer)

Dawkins can’t see my sister’s humanity

The biologist’s views on Down’s Syndrome may have sparked outrage, but they are shared by millions of Britons

Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/09/14

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