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David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

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Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrates the ordinariate's first birthday at St James, Spanish Place (Photo: Mazur)

The US ordinariate has only just been founded: but already they have a principal church. Ours doesn’t: why is that?

Should a film be made about Margaret Thatcher while she is still alive?

Margaret Thatcher’s confusion and memory loss is sad, but not quite tragic. Her life was not cut short too early: she fulfilled her potential in spades

The police’s zero tolerance policy on demonstrations in St Peter’s Square is the only one possible

Belgian police stand outside Church offices in Mechelen during an earlier raid in 2010 (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/12

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England flag and statue of Sir Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

Just as between England and Ireland, our relationship after independence would be less distorted by mutual resentment

Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec

We need strong voices like Jean Vanier’s to fight against utilitarianism

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/01/12

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