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David Lammy: working-class parents feel powerless to discipline their children Photo: Johnny Green/PA

Smacking is not abuse and parents should not be penalised for it

Benedict XVI delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/02/12

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Mexican carpenter José Ernesto Fernandez works on a chair to be used by Benedict XVI during his visit to León in March (CNS photo/Mario Armas, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/02/12

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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/02/12

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Benedict XVI at this morning's audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 01/02/12

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Benedict XVI leaves vespers at St Paul Outside the Walls last week (Photo: CNS)
Edith Piaf pictured on a US stamp (AP Photo/USPA)

No one in their right mind – certainly no Christian – can sing ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ and really believe that it’s true

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/01/12

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Duke Ellington (AP photo)

We all have our eight choices: but do we understand how much they reveal?

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on