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A pro-life vigil in Dublin last year. Ireland still has a strong Catholic identity

How Catholic is Ireland today?

Enda Kenny’s abortion law will put Catholic institutions on a collison course with the state

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Let’s stop falsely comparing the Pope with his predecessor

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/13

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

The faithful reach out to touch the statue of San Cayetano in Buenos Aires (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 07/08/13

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

GK Chesterton in Brighton in 1935  (AP) Below: Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

It was inevitable that sooner or later the devotion of so many to the conviction of Chesterton’s holiness should be recognised

A brave midwife stood up for the dignity of anencephalic babies (PA)

For every anti-human academic we need a moral midwife

Tony Drewitt-Barlow and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow say they may sue the C of E (PA)

Why is it up to the secular courts to decide what the Church of England does?

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, marking the bombing on August 6 1945 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/08/13

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

A page showing President Reagan's edits to his 'Evil Empire' speech (AP)

It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe

Mary Beard, insulted by journalists and trolls alike (PA)

Twitter trolling is part of a wider debasement of the national conversation