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Richard Dawkins (AP)

If a world cleansed of imperfections is what we wish for then Dawkins, with his Down’s Syndrome outburst, has shown us the way.

Archbishop Paul Coakley elevates the chalice during Mass (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/08/14

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Pope Francis established the Commission for the Protection of Minors   last December (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 20/08/14

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An Iraqi Christian refugee holds a 12-day-old baby in Ankawa (CNS))

The Royal Prerogative was, in effect, abolished on the basis of a PR campaign that required Parliamentary consent to establish legitimacy for going to war, and Iraqi minorities are paying the price

Bishops applaud as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with the bishops of Asia at the Haemi shrine in Haemi, South Korea (CNS)

Francis seems to see the continent with a Catholic population of only three per cent as the spiritual battery that will power the Church

David Cameron (PA)

Only by challenging the social and the economic liberalism that pervades the Conservatives will the Prime Minister be able to claim victory for families

Francis holds an airborne press conference on the flight back to Rome (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/08/14

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France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In one part of France in particular locals resisted (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)

A new book looks at a part of southern France where tight-knit communities saved Jewish lives

Pope Francis preaches at the closing Mass of Asian Youth Day (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/08/14

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Paul VI (CNS)

Despite Annibale Bugnini’s extreme ecumania, the protestant observers at the consilium were wrong: the sacrificial language of the new mass was still entirely Catholic