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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 25/01/12

Pope Benedict waves as he leaves this morning’s general audience (AP)

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‘Ireland Stand Up’ is leading a powerful grassroots campaign to reverse the closure of Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See: the politicians will now retreat

Enda Kenny has a word in the ear of his foreign minister, Eamon Gilmore, who announced the closure of the embassy last year (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

And Benedict XVI will once more weave his magic at a great papal Mass

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/01/12

The March for Life makes its way to the US Supreme Court  (CNS)

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Taking drugs should be legal but discouraged in the same way as smoking

Smoking is widely seen as unhealthy and unglamorous (Photo: PA)

The war on drugs hasn’t worked. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, has declined steadily since the Second World War

We should never give in to moral relativism

Whether one is Labour or Tory, believer or not, you can’t change the natural laws

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/01/12

Nuns wave as Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address (AP)

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How Catholic was Puccini?

A new, Freudian study suggests the composer’s Catholicism was skin deep

Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, celibate homosexual and man of principle, twice denied a bishopric, may now sue the C of E: it would be a sad and secularist falling away

Dr Jeffrey John is apparently considering whether to sue the Church of England under the Equality Act (Photo: PA)

His non-appointment as Bishop of Southwark was a prime example of Anglicanism’s inability to think theologically

Downside can emerge renewed from this crisis

Downside School, in Somerset, is run by Benedictines

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

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