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Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St Peter's Square last weekend (CNS)

We must demand that our moralising, ineffectual political leaders take action

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham (CNS photo/Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/09/13

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Pope Francis washed the feet of Muslims and Christians on Maundy Thursday this year (CNS)

We need to proclaim Christ in all his splendour and next to Christ crucified, the icon of Divine Love, we need to point to the icon of the perfect human response, Mary our Mother

Pope Francis's document 'take everything from the synod on new evangelisation and puts it in a wider framework' (PA)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/09/13

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Pictures taken from new book, Landscapes of Faith: The Christian Heritage of the North East

Fr Ray Blake appraisal of his work with the poor has upset the consciences of those who have not let the needy near them (CNS)

If Fr Ray stops blogging, it will be a victory for the worst kind of censorship

Pope Francis (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/09/13

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Singing from the same hymn sheet: Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Its editorial seems to regard vestments and traditional morality as the main obstacles to progress

Rochus Misch at his home in Berlin in 2005 (AP)

Hitler’s bodyguard, Rochus Misch, insisted he ‘proud to work’ for the Nazi leader

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/09/13

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