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Julie Walters plays St John, traditionally the youngest disciple (PA)

It matters that photographer Alistair Morrison has chosen Julie Waters to portray St John

The Church has always recognised that young children are capable of wrong-doing and allows the Sacrament of Confession from the age of seven (PA)

Refusing to acknowledge or punish a child’s bad behaviour is not ‘positive’ parenting

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/09/13

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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Now the ‘Hitler’s Pope’ calumny has been so comprehensively discredited, there is no reason for Pope Pius’s cause to be obstructed any longer

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

A team of medieval jousters practice before the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden at Traquair House in May (PA)

The fate of James IV of Scots seems to point to a tradition that left the Tudors inured to the mistreatment of the dead

Pope Francis addresses clergy at the Basilica of St John Lateran yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/09/13

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Pope Francis speaks to the media aboard the papal flight from Rio de Janeiro

Sooner or later, Pope Francis will make a statement that the media decides is not ‘nice’ at all

Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured in 2010 (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

He might find inspiration in the lives of two other Church leaders who had similarly public falls

Children listen to Pope Francis's Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/13

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