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Virgil is wiser than Homer; Dickens is at his best in The Pickwick Papers

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A Protestant minister in the Netherlands believes there is no life after death and that God is a ‘human experience’

Kirk Douglas plays megalomaniac journalist Chuck Tatum in Ace in the Hole

A 168-year-old newspaper has sunk into the filth. The truth, I suspect, may never emerge fully

At the election of Pope Benedict XVI commentators wondered which policies he was likely to change (PA photo)

Is this a gulf of incomprehension that simply can’t be bridged?

Benedict XVI told pilgrims this week that some books in the Bible could be read in an hour (CNS photo)

I’m not sure I can sit on the beach, surrounded by grandchildren, and read the Book of Job

David and his wife Samantha at a cafe in Tuscany (Lorenzo Galassi/PA Wire)

Three books in particular spring to mind

Michael Voris speaks at a bloggers' meeting at a bar in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His message is simple: we Catholics should be prepared to live our faith radically

Abuse survivors confront Archbishop Diarmuid Martin outside St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

There’s an obvious distinction between the governance of the Church and the essence of the faith

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The Pope’s advice is to dip into the Book of Tobit, the Book of Esther or the Song of Songs. What would Herald readers suggest?

The Pope speaks during his general audience at Castel Gandolfo this morning (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/08/11

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