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Pope Francis and the Catholic Church were the subject of an Intelligence Squared debate

Much will no doubt emerge over the months ahead about the new Pope’s intellectual formation. But if Chesterton were not part of it, I would be astonished

Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/03/13

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Poverty: we care a lot (AP)

Catholic care for the poor is a bit older than the Enlightenment. By a couple of millennia

I'm glad my parents called me Francis now... (AP)

The pope’s new style does not reflect badly on his predecessor

Iraqi Christians protest in America. Their numbers have dramatically fallen in the ten years since the invasion (AP)

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War Mardean Isaac says western states are forcing Iraqi Christians to return home

Pope Francis greets people after Mass yesterday (Photo: CNS)

They can’t get Pope Francis over paedophilia: but they were always going to find something

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

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Cristina Kirchner greets Cardinal Bergoglio in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

As Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI made his views on foreign policy explicit, but he never reiterated them as pope

People shelter from the rain in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (AP)

Young Catholics understand what it takes to make the Church truly flourish

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

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