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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/08/11

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a press conference following the publication of the Cloyne Report (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

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

Giuseppe Verdi: the anti-clerical composer with a deeply Catholic soul

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

If only more people knew that they could find healing through Confession

A priest hears a confession in Retiro park, Madrid, during World Youth Day (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/08/11

Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass at Cuatro Vientos yesterday (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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

WYD 2011: The street party pauses for the Way of the Cross

Pope Benedict XVI leaves in his popemobile at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pilgrims were in reflective mood at last night’s extraordinary Via Crucis

WYD 2011: As I sang the Gospel in front of the Pope and half a million youth I saw that the Church is alive

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley in the Plaza de Cibeles (Mazur/Catholicchurch.org.uk)

When the Holy Father blessed me, I saw his deep generosity and care for the Church

Theologians can be a ‘curse and affliction upon the church’: so says the US bishops’ senior doctrinal adviser. I wish ours had one like that

Fr Weinandy

But the fact that in the US they do shows that the Benedictine counter-revolution is on course

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/08/11

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley before he sings the Gospel at Mass in Madrid yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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

When it comes to brotherly love, we’ve got a lot to learn from the Italians

Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on why so little violent crime happens in Italy

WYD 2011: Benedict XVI in Spain: ‘a meek man of mighty action’

WYD 2011: Benedict XVI in Spain: ‘a meek man of mighty action’

Madeleine Teahan describes her experience of Pope Benedict XVI’s first day in Spain