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We have taken this institution for granted for too long. Now the Coalition is showing how vital and precious it is

Lord Steel: 'We are seeing a trend towards the attributes of the one-party state, where news bulletins are led by stories of what the Dear Leader has been doing.' (PA photo)

Lord Steel, in a speech to the Lords, laid several blows on the hitherto untouchable First Minister

Benedict XVI with Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 29/02/12

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A woman at a rally against female foeticide, in New Delhi, India (PA photo)

It’s hypocritical to believe abortion is a right and yet be scandalised by who gets aborted and who doesn’t

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/12

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Its wraparound child care system is a dangerous social experiment that has damaged family life

Mother Angelica is taking on Obama over the contraceptive mandate (CNS photo)
Inquisition documents in the Vatican Archive. The reality is far less exciting than internet fantasists would have us believe Photo: AP/Arturo Mari, L'Osservatore Romano

Opening up would be the best way to tackle tedious but popular conspiracy theories around

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/12

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

A Massai man Fritz Pölking/DPA/Press Association Images

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ focused heavily on vestments. In contrast, during my time in an African seminary we (mostly) tackled the foundational questions of morals