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The News of the World debased the national conversation. It should not be missed by anyone

The last edition of the News of the World yesterday: thank you and good riddance (PA photo)

Its gossip stories invaded people’s privacy and were never justified by the public interest

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/07/11

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Debate: Should Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood be rescinded?

Rupert Murdoch, left, and Cardinal Edward Egan at the Alfred E Smith fundraising dinner in New York (AP Photo/ Yana Paskova, POOL)

Or does his financial support of the Church make him a worthy Knight of St Gregory?

‘The world owes God to the Jews,’ wrote Chesterton; if anything he was pro-Jewish rather than – as the calumny alleges – anti-Semitic

G K Chesterton said he would only take racial distinctions seriously 'when I find a man classifying himself as inferior' (PA photo)

He was one of the few convinced anti-racists of his time: the allegation just doesn’t add up

How to ease famine in Africa

Dead cattle in Kenya: more than 10 million people are affected by the drought (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

Handing out money or food vouches will stop people starving and boost businesses at the same time

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/07/11

Pope Benedict waves to the faithful on his arrival at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Liberation theology is dead but not departed; it still occasionally twitches

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a stern critic of liberation theology as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti)

The problem, says the Pope, is denying the transcendent dimension of man: but some people are still going on about ‘structures of injustice’

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/07/11

Benedict XVI views items that belonged to Blessed Pope John Paul II at the Carlo Magno Hall yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 06/07/11

Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Mexico can only be saved if we give up the war on drugs

Children hold up a photo of their father, Fernando Quisar, one of 27 farmers massacred by a drugs cartel in May (CNS photo/Rodrigo Arias, Reuters)

Decriminalising drugs will put the country’s deadly cartels out of business