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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

US bishops celebrate Mass at the start of their annual autumn plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/11/11

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

The Duggar family on NBC News's Today show (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via AP Images)

People are often too afraid or too selfish to have larger families

Ordinariate clergy being ordained earlier this year. Don't despise those who choose to stay behind CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)

Anglo-Catholics have one important pastoral opportunity that Roman Catholics don’t

Benedict XVI waves during his Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/11/11

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

Bees are carved at the base of columns by the High Altar at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

If they thrive, it will show that we don’t have to accept the decline of this endearing creature

Berlusconi has lead Italy into an economic abyss Photo: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Italy is facing its worst crisis since the Second World War

Pope Benedict uses a mobile platform in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/11/11

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

Is good oratory absolutely crucial or is it low down on the list of sought after priestly qualities?