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Benedict XVI beams during the freak storm at Cuatros Vientos airfield on Saturday night (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a press conference following the publication of the Cloyne Report (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/08/11

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

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

A priest hears a confession in Retiro park, Madrid, during World Youth Day (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass at Cuatro Vientos yesterday (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/08/11

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves in his popemobile at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pilgrims were in reflective mood at last night’s extraordinary Via Crucis

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley in the Plaza de Cibeles (Mazur/Catholicchurch.org.uk)

When the Holy Father blessed me, I saw his deep generosity and care for the Church

Fr Weinandy

But the fact that in the US they do shows that the Benedictine counter-revolution is on course

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley before he sings the Gospel at Mass in Madrid yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/08/11

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

Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on why so little violent crime happens in Italy