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Debate: Is it important for churches to be beautiful?

St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow will be consecrated on Sunday

Or is an obsession with beauty immoral?

The way we treat the dead in Britain is abominable

Members of the Royal British Legion lower their standards as the coffin of Corporal Stephen McKee arrives at Wootton Bassett (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

You are standing on the pavement and you spot a funeral procession. What do you do?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/04/11

A woman walks past soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 06/04/11

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves at the end of the general audience this morning (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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

To call the Pope’s meeting at Assisi a betrayal of the faith is an utter absurdity

Pope Benedict XVI speaks at a meeting of religious leaders at St Mary's University College Chapel in Twickenham, London (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

It’s about building ‘fraternity and peace’: anything wrong with that?

Rationalists ought to be very annoyed by exorcist movies

Anthony Hopkins stars in The Rite (courtesy of New Line Cinema)

The American Gothic – from The Exorcist to Scooby Doo – deals with the shadows that have not been banished by the Enlightenment

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/04/11

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, are pictured at a joint service yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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

The influential economist who tried to reverse Church teaching on birth control

In 1968 Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae (PA Archive/Press Association Images)

That was in 1967, the year before Humanae Vitae. I wonder what Barbara Ward would think now

Pastor Terry Jones and the rioting Afghan mob believe in a religion without reason

Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by supporters at a news conference in New York (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

This is your opportunity to transform British society

Catholic voluntary leaders at Liverpool Hope University meet to discuss a new 'culture of social responsibility' (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Imaginative Catholics can help to secure a new civil settlement for our times, says Greg Clark