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The Venerable English College in Rome (Photo: Mazur/

The Church is not against women priests ‘because the Pope says so’

Pope Benedict XVI holds a copy of his book The Infancy Narratives (Photo: CNS)

Mary, says Newman, symbolises not only the faith of the unlearned, but of the doctors of the Church, who have to draw the line between truth and heresy. This Pope is one of them

Cannabis sativa, marihuana, hemp, plant

The prime minister has abandoned his previous attitude to drug policy. Does power do this to people?

The Pope blesses those gathered at this morning's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 28/11/12

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Christopher Jefferies was wrongly accused of murder in the press (PA)

Too often the media is used to inflict cruelty on our fellow human beings. It’s time consumers acted

Vote on female bishops

And we should not think we are immune from such problems

The Pope arrives for yesterday's Mass with newly elected cardinals (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/11/12

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Sparks fly at Pius XII debate in London

Majority of the audience failed to be swayed by scholars speaking in favour of the wartime pope

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

Something rather sinister has happened in the wake of the General Synod vote