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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

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

Education Secretary, Michael Gove said that segregating men and women in lectures was "pandering to extremism"

That certain Muslims want to hold segregated meetings in universities should not blind us to a few important considerations

Nelson Mandela (AP)

For whatever reason, unlike Alison Davis, he never got to appreciate the sacredness of life

Pope Francis is pictured at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/13

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