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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 21/09/11

Benedict XVI and Cardinal Angelo Scola pictured during the Pope's visit to Venice in May (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The day I saw a saint’s blood become liquid

The waving of the handkerchief is the traditional sign the liquefaction has happened (Photo: PA)

Ten years ago in Naples on the feast of St Januarius I prayed as I had never done before

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/09/11

An activist demonstrates outside the US Embassy in Rome in support of death row inmate Troy Davis (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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The battle on abortion should not be about incremental gains in Parliament

A Pro-life Day with Mary could be organised annually (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Pro-lifers should start by saying that abortion is intrinsically evil and fight on that principle

Downton Abbey is a fantasy of the past. That’s why we love it

The costumes, the architecture and references to the First World War serve only as window-dressing

In it we watch the only aristocrats on earth who seemingly never care about money

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/09/11

Westminster Cathedral: the mother church of England and Wales (PA)

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Now we have an improved new Mass translation, can we apply the same rigour to our hymn books?

A choir singing during Mass in New York (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Including such jingles as ‘Who put the colours in the rainbow?’ is patronising: are they for children?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/11

The assembly hall of the United Nations in Geneva (AP Photo)

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Johann Hari’s apology relies on Catholic expressions of penance

Confession involves an act of contrition which is meant to signify a change of heart (Photo: PA)

Indeed, he could not help but mention the Pope

The Holy Father would have made a terrific relationships counsellor

Benedict XVI meets engaged couples in the Italian city of Ancona (Photo: CNS)

One US ‘expert’, on the other hand, believes that people are just not cut out for monogamy