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Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

Education Secretary, Michael Gove said that segregating men and women in lectures was "pandering to extremism"

That certain Muslims want to hold segregated meetings in universities should not blind us to a few important considerations

Nelson Mandela (AP)

For whatever reason, unlike Alison Davis, he never got to appreciate the sacredness of life

Pope Francis is pictured at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/13

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

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted using cocaine during two periods of her life (PA)

All drugs should be legalised and their production and distribution should be regulated and taxed

Protesters guard barricades near Independence Square in Kiev (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/13

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

Costanza Miriano's book has provoked anger among feminists (CNS)

Submission in marriage can be a virtue

The controversial book ‘Get Married and be Submissive’ is about self-giving, not self-abasement

CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/12/13

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

Pope Frnacis made headlines this year when he embraced a boy with cerebral palsy (CNS)

The success of putting disability on display

We need to embrace the human race in all its vulnerability