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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/08/11

Benedict XVI waves during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Debate: Is there any hope for Catholic Ireland?

Benedict XVI may visit Ireland next year when it hosts the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (CNS photo)

Can removing bishops, redrawing dioceses and a papal visit next year lead the Irish Church towards renewal?

It is comforting to know that Amy Winehouse’s family have a tradition to fall back on

Some reports suggest that Amy Winehouse died because of alcohol withdrawal (PA photo)

Lots of parents, like Mitch and Janis Winehouse, have lost a child to drugs or alcohol. The stories are often very similar

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/07/11

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, apostolic nuncio to Ireland, leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin earlier this month (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/07/11

Benedict XVI strongly condemned clerical abuse in his homily at Westminster Cathedral on September 18 2010 during his visit to Britain (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

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

If anybody tries to make you pay to enter an Anglican cathedral (built by the Catholic Church) refuse and enter anyway

York Minster: view it online for free (PA photo)

You should, of course, make a voluntary contribution to its maintenance; but it’s your decision. They have no right to stop you

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/07/11

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

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To call Anders Breivik a monster is to distance ourselves from the worst aspects of human nature

People place flowers near Norway's Utøya Island  (CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters)

We are back to the mystery of evil: none of the details we know about his life explain what he did

In practice Christians and Muslims can work together. But our thinking is worlds apart

Rageh Omaar pictured in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The Koran is believed to be the immutable word of God, and so, unlike the Bible, cannot be seen historically

Despite the EU’s demands on human rights, Turkey’s persecution of Christians is escalating

Patriarch Bartholomew I meets European Commission president José Manuel Barroso (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, Pool)

I wonder why Brussels isn’t interested? Maybe it approves