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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/03/11

Copies of Pope Benedict XVI's new book on display the Vatican bookshop (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pope wants more time for ecumenism in Germany visit

Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German Episcopal Conference and other German bishops AP

The Pope has said he is unhappy about the small amount of time given to ecumenical dialogue in the provisional plans for his September visit to Germany

‘Gay and atheist’ David Starkey is defending Christian conscience more clearly than our bishops

Starkey says he is opposed to the fining of Christian B&B owners who refused two men a double bedroom (Photo: PA)

On Question Time last week he pointed to a ‘new tyranny’ of liberal morality

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/03/11

Benedict XVI receives the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina yesterday (AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, Pool)

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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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/03/11

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

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/03/11

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/03/11

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

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