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Pope Francis prays before the icon of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" (CNS)

As Pope Francis says, only God can teach us to accept His love

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui  (CNS photo/Sam Phelps, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/02/14

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

A couple pcitured moments after becoming engaged in St Peter's square (CNS)

The Church trains priests for seven years. So why does it only prepare some couples for marriage in a single day?

A board shows the result of today's child euthanasia vote (AP)

Belgium’s chilly detachment from the sick and dependent is widening

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