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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 30/11/11

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Archbishop Nichols says he is in favour of gay civil unions: but that legally includes the right to adopt. So why did we lose our adoption agencies?

Archbishop Nichols, right, at a press conference following the bishops' plenary meeting (Photo: Mazur)

The teaching of the Church on civil unions is clear enough: does the archbishop support it or not?

Why do Catholics become Anglicans?

We must take a leaf out of the evangelicals’ book in trying to attract people back to Catholic churches

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/11/11

The Pope speaks to Italian students about the environment in the Paul VI Audience Hall (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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

Two million Russians venerate Marian relic believed to boost fertility

Mother of God's belt comes to Moscow

The belt of the Mother of God, believed by the Orthodox to have been worn by the Virgin Mary, has been brought to Russia from Mount Athos

There’s no excuse for clerical child abuse: but it needs to be recognised that the sexual abuse of minors is more common in secular society

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse, kneels at a prayer service for victims (Photo: CNS)

The danger of scapegoating the Church is that it has given society an excuse not to address the problem

Catholics are being deceived into attending non-Catholic services

Definitely a Roman Catholic Mass  Photo: CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters

Foreign visitors may be attending High Anglican services under the impression that they are Roman Catholic

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/11/11

The Pope waves during yesterday's general audience (AP)

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

‘Dr Death’ comes to Britain with a message of despair

Euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke has been touring Britain telling people how to plan their own death (Photo: PA)

No amount of reassuring chat can disguise his advice that we should keep deadly drugs in our sock drawer

Steve Jobs, says Lord Sacks, epitomised the self-obsession of the modern world: ‘we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTune, i, i, i’

No amount of iPads will make us happy (Photo: PA)

We are trapped in an egocentric culture: only faith and family can make us free