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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/11/11

The Pope visits the parish of St Rita in Cotonou on the second day of his journey to Benin in West Africa (AP Photo/Sandro Bianchi, pool)

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

Novel writing and religion tend not to go together well

Rufus Sewell and Kate Beckinsale star in Cold Comfort Farm, the 1995 adaptation of the novel

Believers ought not to be self-obsessed, but novels are about self-obsession

Heroes like Derek Barrowcliff light up our dark times

Heroes like Derek Barrowcliff light up our dark times

Reading the pathologist’s obituary lifted my spirits

The Vatican has hit back against Benetton’s insult to the pope ‘in uncharacteristically swift fashion’. Good for them, I say

A Benetton shop features the Unhate poster campaign (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

And what about a bit more of that ‘uncharacteristic swiftness’?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/11

The new Italian prime minister Mario Monti meets the Pope (AP Photo)

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

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

An image from the bishops' conference Come Home for Christmas campaign

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/11/11

Members of the Community of the Beatitudes in Denver, the first house in the United States (CNS photo by James Baca, Denver Catholic Register)

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

Heavy-handed child protection is eroding trust in Catholic schools

Students can apparently no longer enter Downside Abbey without being accompanied by an adult

Monks and other members of staff at Downside are now being treated with caution

The Church’s struggle against the legalisation of gay unions is now a defining feature of its teachings on marriage

The US bishops' new website presents Church teaching on marriage

‘The redefinition of marriage’ is seen as a threat to religious liberty

The confused historian who claims that Catholics are responsible for the Holocaust

Daniel Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning

Melanie Phillips says that Islam is intrinsically anti-Semitic; Daniel Goldhagen tries the same argument with Catholicism