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Heroes like Derek Barrowcliff light up our dark times

Reading the pathologist’s obituary lifted my spirits

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

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

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/11

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

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

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

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

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/11/11

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

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 US bishops' new website presents Church teaching on marriage

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

Daniel Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning

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

Pope Benedict arrives for this morning's general audience (AP Photo)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/11/11

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

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians