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A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/02/12

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

Before her death from breast cancer the Catholic mother-of-seven devoted her life to life

Chris Tappin speaks to the press in London (Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

Blair’s shameful subservience to Bush spawned the 2003 Extradition Act: it should be repealed forthwith

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line

Staff at the CAFOD-run clinic have harrowing tales, including one woman who was forced to flee aged only 10

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/02/12

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

Polly Toynbee: committed to reasonable debate Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Religious-secular debate continues to be a dialogue of the deaf

Pope Benedict XVI greets Baroness Warsi on Wednesday (CNS)

The Church’s values are not those of the Cameron government; there could be trouble ahead

How Stalin became a Catholic

The dictator’s daughter Svetlana, who died last November, converted to the faith after a long correspondence with a priest