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Assad shoves Christians into the firing line

Official photograph apparently showing President Bashar al-Assad receiving General Dawood Rajiha (Photo: Balkis Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Syria’s dictator has appointed a Greek Orthodox general as his new minister of defence: Christians may face retribution

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Benedict XVI speaks during his weekly general audience at Castel Gandolfo (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Let’s hope the new Missal leads to more sung Masses

The Mass is meant to be sung but, by and large, is not (CNS photo)

The English settings I learnt at school seem to have disappeared entirely

Why the Tibhirine monks were right to pray at a mosque

A scene from Of Gods and Men, about the martyrdom of the Tibhirine monks

One priest suggests they cannot be Christian martyrs if they repeatedly worshipped a false god

Does the Government really intend to ‘tighten the rules’ on abortion? What governments say can’t always be trusted: Catholic bishops should be wary

Nadine Dorries's amendment on pre-abortion counselling seems to have prodded the Government into action

Nadine Dorries wants to stop taxpayers’ money going to ‘counselling’ by abortionists: but will the Department of Health actually back her?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/08/11

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien (CNS/Owen Sweeney III, Catholic Review)

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Benedict XVI gestures during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Memo to dictators: never outstay your welcome

Muammar Gaddafi pictured during a visit to Rome in 2009 (ANDREW MEDICHINI/AP/Press Association Images)

If Gaddafi had followed this simple rule so many lives would have been spared

Do you agree with Umberto Eco, that Apple is Catholic and PC Protestant? It looks as though Pope Benedict might…

Benedict XVI launches the Vatican news portal News.va on an iPad in June (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It all makes sense to me: but I’m a simple soul

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston  (CNS photo/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)

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