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People walk through the Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul (PA)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was right to make a sharp break with Turkey’s imperial past

'We think of Henry VIII and the destruction of the monasteries, but that was not the end of the destruction, it marked the beginning'

A new exhibition at Tate Britain highlights the scale of destruction to artworks in the Tudor period – a staggering amount of books and music were also destroyed

A displaced young woman prays in the makeshift Catholic chapel in Sudan (CNS)

Even western Christians turn a blind eye to the worst persecution of our times

A view of the Brompton Oratory (PA)

Fr Faber was a good man who deserves credit for the pastoral aspects of his priestly life

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in 2008, was kidnapped in July (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/10/13

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

The Independent seems to think the Holy See is just another dictatorship (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Talk of a ‘Vatican Spring’ misunderstands how the Church works

Pope Francis gives his blessing at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/13

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

Pope Francis – photograph taken at Assis today (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

The Pope’s conversation with Eugenio Scalfari continues to intrigue

Francis blesses a disabled person at the Seraphic Institute in Assisi (AP)

His gentle encounter with disabled people in Assisi has affirmed their unsung work

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts