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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

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It is right and Christian to build bridges with North Korea

David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

Believe it or not, the new BBC series on the Crusades is excellent

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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

Is Damian Thompson right: are the English bishops trying to smother the ordinariate? If so, it’s time for Rome to act

Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrates the ordinariate's first birthday at St James, Spanish Place (Photo: Mazur)

The US ordinariate has only just been founded: but already they have a principal church. Ours doesn’t: why is that?

The Iron Lady treats its heroine’s dementia sensitively

Should a film be made about Margaret Thatcher while she is still alive?

Margaret Thatcher’s confusion and memory loss is sad, but not quite tragic. Her life was not cut short too early: she fulfilled her potential in spades

No one has the right to occupy the Vatican

The police’s zero tolerance policy on demonstrations in St Peter’s Square is the only one possible

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/12

Belgian police stand outside Church offices in Mechelen during an earlier raid in 2010 (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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

Cardinal O’Brien is surely right about Scottish independence from England: but what about English independence from the Scots?

England flag and statue of Sir Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

Just as between England and Ireland, our relationship after independence would be less distorted by mutual resentment

Life is still valuable even when it is no longer useful

Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec

We need strong voices like Jean Vanier’s to fight against utilitarianism