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Berlusconi endures a voting session in the Italian parliament earlier this week (Photo: PA)

Italians saw in Berlusconi what they saw in Mussolini – an anti-establishment figure who defied the law

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

Surely priests (and seminarians) from other dioceses should be spending time with their patron saint? Not to mention the rest of us

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/11

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Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

Tesco has ended its 10-year partnership with Cancer Research and is now sponsoring London's gay pride parade (Photo: PA)

If thousands of Christians and others protest then it is likely Tesco executives will think again

Benedict XVI is pictured during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/11/11

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

How great tragedy inspires great art

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

Cardinal Seán Brady, Primate of All Ireland (Paul Faith/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/11/11

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

We are becoming less violent as a species, argues Steven Pinker in his new book, yet that only serves to make the violence of enlightened peoples worse

Benedict XVI prays at the tomb of Pope John Paul I (CNS photo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/11/11

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