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The political exploitation of the Toulouse killings revealed Sarkozy’s rivals as contemptibly opportunist

President Sarkozy, left, and his Socialist challenger François Hollande meet at a fundraiser last month (PA photo)

The massacres never had anything remotely to do with the French debate on immigration

Would you drive a woman to an abortion clinic?

Where does conscientious objection begin? The recent case of the Glasgow midwives raises difficult questions

The Irish Church faces yet another test: a widespread loss of faith

Cardinal Seán Brady at a press conference yesterday (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

The Church in Ireland has finally got to grips with child abuse. Now, as the Apostolic Visitation report makes clear, it faces a new, grave crisis

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Cardinal Seán Brady will present a summary of Vatican's investigation

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The Church of England being what it is, no Archbishop of Canterbury can succeed: but Rowan Williams has failed more disastrously than most

Dr Williams is likely to be a better Master of Magdalene than he was Archbishop of Canterbury (PA photo)

He is supposed to be a theologian: but his actions have been theologically incoherent

Sin, death, fighting for the faith: the rousing ‘Hail, glorious St Patrick’ is wonderfully un-PC

St Patrick depicted at St Patrick Church in Glen Cove, New York (CNS photo/Gregory A Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

I always identify with the religious and patriotic sentiments it expresses

Padre Pio is Italy’s most loved saint. But the rest of the world seems to know little about him

A Padre Pio devotee in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

St Pio of Pietrelcina, born 125 years ago, deserves to be celebrated by Catholics in Britain as well as Italy

The process for choosing the Archbishop of Canterbury is absurd and scandalous

Conservative favourite Dr John Sentanu

The decision is about politics, not prayer

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/03/12

Benedict XVI delivers his Angelus address (AP)

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Tony Nicklinson and his family should know there is an alternative to despair

Nicklinson, 57, suffered a massive stroke in 2005 which left him paralysed from the neck down and unable to speak (PA photo)

Disasters should bring us together, and summon a community around the weakest person