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In It's a Wonderful Life George is saved by his guardian angel Clarence

Guardian angels come low down on the list of Christian beliefs, yet we should not dismiss them as ‘childish’. Abandon ideas such as this and the whole edifice of belief soon falls down

Benedict XVI prays at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/10/11

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Praying outside an abortion clinic is never boring

Extreme reactions occur occasionally, but the atmosphere is peaceful and the public more supportive than you might think

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’

It is probably better not to expose children to TV at all (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Whether you agree that Catholics should actually Unplug their Televisions, we need to understand that this is a dangerous medium

A Copt prays over the coffins of 17 people killed in Sunday's clashes (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/10/11

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David and Theresa Yeates laying flowers at Longwood Lane, Failand, where their daughter Joanna's body was found Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The details of the case have been distressing: surely the jury can hear these in private?

Benedict XVI arrives for this morning's general audience (AP Photo)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 12/10/11

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the meeting with representatives of Catholic associations in Freiburg (Photo: CNS)

Much of the 1950s, Home Counties Church that I grew up in had become a matter of mere convention

Torreciudad, the Marian shrine rebuilt by St Josemaría Escrivá in Aragon, Spain

Mass in Latin unified the world Church: the vernacular has Balkanised it