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Next summer, the incorrupt heart of the Curé d’Ars will be visiting the diocese of Shrewsbury; but why only Shrewsbury?

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

Surely priests (and seminarians) from other dioceses should be spending time with their patron saint? Not to mention the rest of us

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/11

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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Closing the embassy to the Holy See – the one cut the Irish government enjoyed

Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

Why has Tesco thrown its enormous weight behind a gay pride event?

Tesco has ended its 10-year partnership with Cancer Research and is now sponsoring London's gay pride parade (Photo: PA)

If thousands of Christians and others protest then it is likely Tesco executives will think again

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/11/11

Benedict XVI is pictured during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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How great tragedy inspires great art

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/11/11

Cardinal Seán Brady, Primate of All Ireland (Paul Faith/PA Wire)

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Modern scientific slaughter is more barbaric than violence by primitive peoples

We are becoming less violent as a species, argues Steven Pinker in his new book, yet that only serves to make the violence of enlightened peoples worse

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/11/11

Benedict XVI prays at the tomb of Pope John Paul I (CNS photo)

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Perhaps Hugh Grant will find that perfect love at last

Hugh Grant, a father at 51. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Now that he’s a father, the heart-throb actor might finally discover what love really is, a love that can never be replaced