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A couple at a Mass of thanksgiving for marriage in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/

The permanency of marriage is being undermined – Cardinal Nichols should put the Church’s preparation of couples at the centre of his mission

The Pope gives Communion to a child. But what about the divorced? (CNS)

The question presents many dilemmas for Catholics and the Church

Campaigners dressed as a cows protest against the Common Agricultural Policy (AP)

Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/14

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A celebrated photograph taken by Ernest Brooks during the Battle of Broodseinde on October 4 1917

A peacemaker betrayed

When Pope Benedict XV tried to end the First World War British Catholics shunned him, says Fr Ashley Beck

The faithful attend Mass at St Joseph's Chaldean church in Baghdad (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/14

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Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate in charge of governing the Legionaries of Christ, leaves after concelebrating a Mass to open the congregation's general chapter in Rome earlier this year (CNS)

Many religious communities must rediscover their sense of unity of purpose

Pope Francis (CNS)

Is there any need for singificant reform of the Sacrament?

Cardinal De Paolis celebrates Mass in the Legion of Christ's headquarters (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/14

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Mary Kenny with Catholic Herald chairman Peter Sheppard

In her new autobiography, The Catholic Herald columnist demonstrates her skill for writing about both people and ideas