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Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 05/02/14

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As long as it's just water...

Yet another ruling illustrates the absurdity of our attitude to abortin

A sign with a crucifix and rosary are seen during a pro-life demonstration July 10 outside the Irish Parliament in Dublin ahead of a vote to allow limited abortion in Ireland. (CNS)

The pro-life battle is a spiritual one

A temple built in the 5th-century BC by Greek colonisers in Selinunte, Sicily (AP)

Seeking out Sicily’s treasures

Money, care and time has been spent on restoring the historic sights of the island

A Vatican flag flies beside a German flag in a gift shop in Munich (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/02/14

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Hoffman, with Doubt co-stars Viola Davis, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The late actor shone a torch into the dark corners of clericism

bishops confer

And the main cause is that priests have to deal with so many difficult people

Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman (CNS)

We should accept the teachings of the Church, even if we risk sounding old-fashioned

Balloons frame Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/02/14

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

Luminal was used by doctors in the Nazi 'children's euthanasia' programme (AP)

The actions of Nazi Germany’s doctors should serve as a chilling warning to us to speak out