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Japanese Catholics pray for victims of Nagasaki last week at Urakami Cathedral (The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Is it ever right to commit such violence?

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

Two English Bridgettines exemplified how Jews were not merely hidden in religious houses: they were also nurtured and profoundly respected as Jews

Coptic Pope Tawadros II (AP)

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A pro-life vigil in Dublin last year. Ireland still has a strong Catholic identity

How Catholic is Ireland today?

Enda Kenny’s abortion law will put Catholic institutions on a collison course with the state

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Let’s stop falsely comparing the Pope with his predecessor

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/13

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The faithful reach out to touch the statue of San Cayetano in Buenos Aires (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 07/08/13

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

GK Chesterton in Brighton in 1935  (AP) Below: Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

It was inevitable that sooner or later the devotion of so many to the conviction of Chesterton’s holiness should be recognised

A brave midwife stood up for the dignity of anencephalic babies (PA)

For every anti-human academic we need a moral midwife

Tony Drewitt-Barlow and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow say they may sue the C of E (PA)

Why is it up to the secular courts to decide what the Church of England does?