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Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/12

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land

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Sweden is discovering the cost of pushing mothers back into work

Its wraparound child care system is a dangerous social experiment that has damaged family life

Secularist attacks on the Catholic faith get worse, on both sides of the Atlantic: here it’s the TUC; in the US (where at least there’s a fightback) it’s Obama

Mother Angelica is taking on Obama over the contraceptive mandate (CNS photo)

Now, Mother Angelica has drawn her sword: watch out!

Does the Vatican need a Freedom of Information Act?

Inquisition documents in the Vatican Archive. The reality is far less exciting than internet fantasists would have us believe Photo: AP/Arturo Mari, L'Osservatore Romano

Opening up would be the best way to tackle tedious but popular conspiracy theories around

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/12

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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‘Is it true, Father, that in Scotland men wear skirts?’

A Massai man Fritz Pölking/DPA/Press Association Images

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ focused heavily on vestments. In contrast, during my time in an African seminary we (mostly) tackled the foundational questions of morals

Thank you, BBC, for a sympathetic portrayal of our faith

Seminarians from Allen Hall, who featured in the documentary

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ was a worthwhile and sensitive portrayal of seminary life, devoid of sensationalism

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/02/12

Pope John Paul II prays at the grave of Dr Jérôme Lejeune in 1997 (AP)

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Give up your dreams of glory, Pope tells warring Vatican officials

Benedict XVI at the consistory last weekend (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Meanwhile, one of the leakers has made an anonymous appearance on Italian television

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/02/12

Benedict XVI receives the ashes at Santa Sabina in Rome yesterday (AP)

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