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The freeing of Gilad Shalit shows Israel’s humanity – and Hamas’s blood-chilling cruelty

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

Lord Nicholas Windsor has braved the Establishment – ie, his own family – by speaking out on abortion

The Queen’s cousin has set a fine example to fellow royals and fellow Catholics

The internet is full of fictional and tendentious stories posing as real news: the trouble is, many of us are only too willing to believe them

A little moderate scepticism helps when reading stories online

Are we all getting just a little gullible?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/10/11

Benedict XVI uses a mobile platform at Mass in St Peter's yesterday (AP Photo)

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

Too many children are being seized by social workers without good reason: why do these families have no protection from the Human Rights Act?

And why do the police so unquestioningly follow the instructions of the social services?

We must follow the African example and respect our old people properly

The recent scandals in the NHS highlight our society’s lack of respect for old people. We should offer more help to families caring for relatives, but we also have to change our attitude towards the elderly

Stop believing in guardian angels and soon we’ll stop believing in anything

In It's a Wonderful Life George is saved by his guardian angel Clarence

Guardian angels come low down on the list of Christian beliefs, yet we should not dismiss them as ‘childish’. Abandon ideas such as this and the whole edifice of belief soon falls down

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/10/11

Benedict XVI prays at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

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

Praying outside an abortion clinic is never boring

Praying outside an abortion clinic is never boring

Extreme reactions occur occasionally, but the atmosphere is peaceful and the public more supportive than you might think

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’