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Two million Russians venerate Marian relic believed to boost fertility

Mother of God's belt comes to Moscow

The belt of the Mother of God, believed by the Orthodox to have been worn by the Virgin Mary, has been brought to Russia from Mount Athos

There’s no excuse for clerical child abuse: but it needs to be recognised that the sexual abuse of minors is more common in secular society

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse, kneels at a prayer service for victims (Photo: CNS)

The danger of scapegoating the Church is that it has given society an excuse not to address the problem

Catholics are being deceived into attending non-Catholic services

Definitely a Roman Catholic Mass  Photo: CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters

Foreign visitors may be attending High Anglican services under the impression that they are Roman Catholic

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/11/11

The Pope waves during yesterday's general audience (AP)

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‘Dr Death’ comes to Britain with a message of despair

Euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke has been touring Britain telling people how to plan their own death (Photo: PA)

No amount of reassuring chat can disguise his advice that we should keep deadly drugs in our sock drawer

Steve Jobs, says Lord Sacks, epitomised the self-obsession of the modern world: ‘we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTune, i, i, i’

No amount of iPads will make us happy (Photo: PA)

We are trapped in an egocentric culture: only faith and family can make us free

Benedict XVI is the apostle of anti-fundamentalism

Pope Benedict XVI signs Africae Munus, the Apostolic Exhortation about the future of the Church in Africa

Muslims who oppose fundamentalism should recognise the Pope as an ally

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/11/11

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, pictured at a Legion ordination ceremony (CNS)

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Debate: Is modern church architecture always hideous?

The 'Jubilee Church' in Rome, designed by US architect Richard Meier (Photo: CNS)

Or are there some modern churches that really do inspire devotion and raise people’s spirits to God?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/11/11

According to reports, Mgr Brown will replace Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, pictured, as the nuncio to Ireland (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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