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The March for Life makes its way to the US Supreme Court  (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/01/12

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

Smoking is widely seen as unhealthy and unglamorous (Photo: PA)

The war on drugs hasn’t worked. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, has declined steadily since the Second World War

Whether one is Labour or Tory, believer or not, you can’t change the natural laws

Nuns wave as Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/01/12

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

How Catholic was Puccini?

A new, Freudian study suggests the composer’s Catholicism was skin deep

Dr Jeffrey John is apparently considering whether to sue the Church of England under the Equality Act (Photo: PA)

His non-appointment as Bishop of Southwark was a prime example of Anglicanism’s inability to think theologically

Downside School, in Somerset, is run by Benedictines

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

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

David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic