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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/02/12

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 01/02/12

Benedict XVI at this morning's audience (AP)

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

Dawkins predicts religion’s early death: the Pope warns that ‘in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of being snuffed out’. But they are saying very different things

Benedict XVI leaves vespers at St Paul Outside the Walls last week (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is leading a renewal of the faith, not predicting its demise

Regrets? Some of those onboard Costa Concordia may have a few. Then again, so should we all

Edith Piaf pictured on a US stamp (AP Photo/USPA)

No one in their right mind – certainly no Christian – can sing ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ and really believe that it’s true

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/01/12

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan (CNS)

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

Seventy years of Desert Island Discs has shown one thing very clearly: it’s never just about the music

Duke Ellington (AP photo)

We all have our eight choices: but do we understand how much they reveal?

At last I can start to understand the American Civil War

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on

The American Church fights back

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stands next to President Barack Obama  Photo: CNS photo/Reuters

The bishops are taking on the Department of Health over proposals to make religious institutions provide contraception and abortifacient pills

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/01/12

Benedict XVI releases a dove at the end of yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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

Now Obama has proved it: he really is an enemy of the Catholic Church. But how will that affect the 54 per cent of Catholics who voted for him last time?

President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, US health secretary (Photo: CNS)

Why do I have a sinking feeling about the answer to that question? Someone cheer me up, do