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Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/12/13

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

Christians and Muslims pray together for the return of nuns kidnapped by rebels (PA)

Douglas Alexander has raised the issue of persecution – what will Hague and Cameron do?

St Peter Canisius, hero of the the Counter-Reformation

The man who saved much of Germany for Catholicism has a lesson for us in the 21st century

President Barack Obama Below:

A federal judge has struck down Obama’s contraception mandate

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/13

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

Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/12/13

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

Francis will be saying confession for the next few weeks (AP)

The Pope of forgievness wishes to encourage both priests and laypeople

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church