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Sharon Shoesmith, former head of children's services at Haringey (Photo: PA)

The scapegoating makes people feel good about themselves but hinders a proper moral investigation of the baby’s death

Quit smoking bids do not last long

Addiction is mostly spiritual, an imbalance of the soul

The four archbishop-designates lie prostrate during Mass at St Peter's (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/13

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

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones. The painting took 17 years to complete

It is the nearest thing the English have to a mythology

Alexander VI

Life is all about sex

Birth, copulation and death – I can see why we Catholics get accused of being obsessed

Syrian refugee Maha al Masri holds her sister, Rana, who was born in Jordan (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/01/13

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

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, opens a meeting with bishops (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/01/13

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

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on New Year's Day. (Photo: PA)

Six things to pray for in 2013

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Oxford Oratory

Their reception into the Church will bring many of the Oxford Movement’s deepest insights

Sister Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, outside the Louvre

To avoid causing scandal, Sister Wendy should perhaps stick to art