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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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

Debate: Is L’Osservatore Romano undermining the Church?

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Photo: CNS)

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

What makes someone write a perverted version of fairytales for children?

A book of Grimm fairytales presented at an exhibition in Germany (Photo: PA)

I know about the sinfulness of human nature; why can’t I get used to it?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/10

This is a scan of a badly deteriorated negative of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison in 1983. The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitise its archive of photographic images (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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

George Weigel thinks there is a ‘hollowness’ at the heart of post-Blair Britain

In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI censes the statue of the Virgin Mary in the Piazza di Spagna (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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

Britain should follow Russia’s lead and urge its citizens to have more children

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: PA)

You don’t need to ask the experts for a solution to population decline. It stares one in the face: more babies

Now we’re restoring the Friday fast, can we have our Holy Days of Obligation back, too?

Pope Benedict celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on a Thursday, while in England and Wales it has been moved to Sunday (Photo: CNS)

This year, Twelfth Night will be on day eight: give us a break

Why did the secular press get the pope so wrong about condoms?

A priest skims a copy of Light of the World, a book-length interview of Pope Benedict XVI conducted by the journalist Peter Seewald

They were not helped by the claims of some Catholics that Catholic teaching on sexuality was collapsing

Our bishops are leading the way towards a Big Society

David Cameron alluded to his "Big Society" project in his farewell speech to the Pope in September (Photo: PA)

Their support for Coalition reform is brave and bold. But can it do any good?