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Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/08/11

A capsule containing blood from Blessed John Paul II is displayed for veneration at the apostolic nunciature in Mexico City (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)

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World Youth Day was a success but, my goodness, it was badly organised

A pilgrim tries to escape the baking heat as he waits for the Pope at Cuatro Vientos airfield (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

The papal events at Cuatro Vientos airfield were dangerously chaotic

Ugly anti-papal protests are harming the so-called secularist cause

A World Youth Day pilgrim walks past protesters in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Protesting about the Pope coming to your city is appalling bad manners

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 24/08/11

Pope blesses the crowd at the end of his general audience this morning (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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After the storm ceased, the Pope thanked the two million for their ‘joy and resistance’. Then they knelt in the mud before the Blessed Sacrament. That’s the meaning of the Catholic faith

Benedict XVI beams during the freak storm at Cuatros Vientos airfield on Saturday night (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Those two million young Catholics are just so unfashionable. Long may it remain so

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/08/11

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a press conference following the publication of the Cloyne Report (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

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Giuseppe Verdi: the anti-clerical composer with a deeply Catholic soul

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

If only more people knew that they could find healing through Confession

A priest hears a confession in Retiro park, Madrid, during World Youth Day (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/08/11

Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass at Cuatro Vientos yesterday (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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WYD 2011: The street party pauses for the Way of the Cross

Pope Benedict XVI leaves in his popemobile at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pilgrims were in reflective mood at last night’s extraordinary Via Crucis