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Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC's new series The Musketeers

The cardinal wasn’t a saint but he doesn’t deserve to be vilified

Benedict XVI defrocked 384 priests for the abuse of minors in the last 2 years (CNS)

We must pray for every victim of abuse

Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis review

The Coen brothers new film is fine achievement despite the fact it has been snubbed by the Oscars

Orthodox clergy stand between protesters and the police in Kiev (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/01/14

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

François Hollande meets representatives of France’s Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists at the Élysée Palace last year             (AP)

How will Francis handle Hollande?

When the Pope receives the French president at the Vatican today the conversation may be a little awkward

A Syrian man fixes a picture of Christ on the wall of his damaged house (CNS)

Predictions that after the end of the Cold War we would see a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West have been borne out by events

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, the first Opus Dei prelate (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/01/14

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

Francis in his rain-covered popemobile at this morning's audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 22/01/14

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

Confession is about renewal, rebirth, reorientation of one’s life  (CNS)

We should be dying to go to Confession

If we stop going to Confession this will lead to spiritual death

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise