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Gaddafi’s death was barbaric. In this case, though, all the alternatives were worse

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed yesterday by rebel forces. Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

A lynch-mob is a frightful thing. But just as William Hague was right to say that we don’t approve of extra-judicial killings, is a judicial killing in cold blood any better?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/11

Cardinal Pell greets Benedict XVI during the Pope's meeting with Australia's bishops yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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St Augustine is a guide to what it means to be human

St Augustine and his mother, St Monica, by the French painter Ary Scheffer

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/10/11

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which will release the document on global finance on Monday (CNS)

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If only the residents of Dale Farm had been treated with more mercy

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop

The Spanish case is shocking: but we cruelly remove children from ‘undesirable’ families too

If we are going to adopt morally superior attitudes, we had better be sure we are actually morally superior

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/10/11

Benedict XVI waves at today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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St Francis would have rejoiced at the idea of a pilgrimage to truth at Assisi

A barefooted pilgrim walks on his hands and knees to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His own life was a pilgrimage of joyful suffering towards a closer union with Christ

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/11

Pope Benedict proclaimed the Year of Faith at Mass at St Peter's on Sunday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The freeing of Gilad Shalit shows Israel’s humanity – and Hamas’s blood-chilling cruelty

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours