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The Pope arrives at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/09/13

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

David Attenborough at a science campaign launch in January 2009

As soon as you start using the ominous phrase “population control”, as Sir David does, you are in the world of Orwell’s 1984, however benignly you might dress it up

"The Return of the Prodigal Son," unknown artist, at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City (CNS)

Did Psalm 137 inspire Jesus’s famous parable?

Pope Francis (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/09/13

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

Pope Francis: the Church's priority is 'to heal wounds' (AP)

Fr Antonio Spadaro has given us rich new insights into the Holy Father

A poster promoting Natural Fertility Awareness used by the US Bishops Conference (CNS)

We need reminding that Natural Fertility Awareness can support women who are trying to conceive

Pope Francis speaks to reporters on his flight home from Rio (CNS)

Or is the Church actually in the grip of a crisis that threatens its very existence?

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/09/13

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

Pope Francis leaving the Basilica of St John Lateran earlier this week (CNS)

The motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ says that they need ‘no permission from the Apostolic See’ to celebrate the Tridentine Mass: their congregation has acted ultra vires

Julie Walters plays St John, traditionally the youngest disciple (PA)

It matters that photographer Alistair Morrison has chosen Julie Waters to portray St John