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Italy, a land of beauty and overpowering ugliness

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/11/11

US bishops celebrate Mass at the start of their annual autumn plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

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

Bishops should stop worrying about decline and start encouraging couples to be open to life

The Duggar family on NBC News's Today show (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via AP Images)

People are often too afraid or too selfish to have larger families

There are still many people (mostly Anglicans) who preach the Catholic faith but who aren’t yet Catholics. We need to respect their beliefs

Ordinariate clergy being ordained earlier this year. Don't despise those who choose to stay behind CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)

Anglo-Catholics have one important pastoral opportunity that Roman Catholics don’t

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/11/11

Benedict XVI waves during his Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo)

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

The Pope’s half million bees have a lesson for us all

Bees are carved at the base of columns by the High Altar at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

If they thrive, it will show that we don’t have to accept the decline of this endearing creature

Italy is now ‘in the abyss’ – and the Vatican will not escape this disaster

Berlusconi has lead Italy into an economic abyss Photo: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Italy is facing its worst crisis since the Second World War

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/11/11

Pope Benedict uses a mobile platform in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo)

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

Debate: Does it matter if a priest is a bad public speaker?

Is good oratory absolutely crucial or is it low down on the list of sought after priestly qualities?

Fans unite to kill bill to end sectarianism

Both Celtic and Glasgow fans are campaigning against a bill that would criminalise displays of bigotry on the terraces