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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/08/11

The Pope speaks during his general audience at Castel Gandolfo this morning (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/08/11

The damaged interior of Holy Family Syrian Catholic Church after an early morning car bomb attack in Kirkuk (AP Photo/Emad Matti)

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

Another Irish nightmare: at Maynooth, they’re campaigning for abortion. But calm down; these days, there’s Maynooth and Maynooth

Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

Pete Doherty needs help. His fans should boycott his records until he gets it

Pete Doherty leaving a magistrates court earlier this year (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

He must be the despair of all who care about him

What attracted Anders Breivik to Freemasonry?

Breivik posing in his Masonic costume (PA photo)

The Masons in Britain are, apparently, open to anyone who believes in a God and donate huge sums to charity. So what did Breivik see in it?

What is a ‘Christian fundamentalist’? Not Fr Longenecker, surely. But Anders Breivik approvingly quoted his blog: how creepy is that?

Anders Breivik: not everything he wrote was hate-filled (CNS photo)

The fact is that even mass murderers agree with sensible people sometimes: you can’t keep quiet, just in case

Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/08/11

Benedict XVI waves during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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

Debate: Is there any hope for Catholic Ireland?

Benedict XVI may visit Ireland next year when it hosts the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (CNS photo)

Can removing bishops, redrawing dioceses and a papal visit next year lead the Irish Church towards renewal?

It is comforting to know that Amy Winehouse’s family have a tradition to fall back on

Some reports suggest that Amy Winehouse died because of alcohol withdrawal (PA photo)

Lots of parents, like Mitch and Janis Winehouse, have lost a child to drugs or alcohol. The stories are often very similar

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/07/11

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, apostolic nuncio to Ireland, leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin earlier this month (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

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