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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/10/11

Benedict XVI waves at today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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St Francis would have rejoiced at the idea of a pilgrimage to truth at Assisi

A barefooted pilgrim walks on his hands and knees to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His own life was a pilgrimage of joyful suffering towards a closer union with Christ

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/11

Pope Benedict proclaimed the Year of Faith at Mass at St Peter's on Sunday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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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)

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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