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Here comes Lent again: but what, oh what, shall I give up?

People in Warsaw queue for marmalade-stuffed doughnuts on Paczki, or 'Fat Thursday', before the start of Lent (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Newman says that ‘the very notion of being religious implies self-denial’: true, maybe, but not easy

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Egyptian Christian Romani Girgis sells Coptic religious goods in his shop in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Candles burn in front of a portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti during a vigil in Lahore (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

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The martyrs of Tibhirine show up Ian McEwan’s banal approach to death

Lambert Wilson and Jean-Marie Frin star in Of Gods and Men, a film about Cisterian monks who were murdered by Islamists in Algeria (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

They faced a certain and violent death yet were filled with hope in eternal life

It is good that Mr Netanyahu should praise the Pope’s book: but it contains nothing new about the Jews

Pope Benedict XVI and Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The crucifixion was caused by our own sins: that has always been mainstream Catholic teaching

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Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address on Sunday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Shahbaz Bhatti’s death will not stop the struggle for blasphemy reform

Pakistani Christians shower rose petals on the casket of Shahbaz Bhatti earlier today (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The blood of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti will not be shed in vain

Shahbaz Bhatti was a hero of the Catholic faith, a martyr by whose courage we should be inspired

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

This Lent I’m going to make a big sacrifice

A monk at Downside used to deny himself marmalade (Photo: PA)

Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions is profoundly disheartening. At least I get another chance at self-discipline

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/03/11

Benedict XVI and Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Tel Aviv during the Pope's visit to the Holy Land in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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