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Pope Pius XII (CNS)

The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?

Blessed Aloysius Stepinac was Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/02/14

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Charles Darwin: born this day (AP)

The more people asking ‘why are we here’, the better for religion

Hilary Mantel (PA)

Fashions have changed meaning literature and the Church are no longer comfortable bedfellows

Benedict XVI announcing his resignation at a meeting with cardinals on February 11, 2013 Below: The cardinals gather for the meeting, a video reflecting on the resignation and Benedict XVI at prayer (CNS, video via RomeReports)

A year ago Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years. Here is Archbishop Leo Cushley’s moving eyewitness account of that day

Medallions of Francis and Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/02/14

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

Goldworthy, whose popularity has declined since his death in 1933 (CNS)

The Forsyte Saga novelist has fallen out of favour since his death

Malthusians needn't worry (CNS)

The family is vital to our health, wealth, happiness and freedom

Pope Francis waves at yesterday's Angelus

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/02/14

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

Cardinal Marc Ouellet bows before a crucifix during a penitential vigil in Rome to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Weep with those who weep’, says author and convert Dawn Eden