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Peter Mandelson is not wise, old, or grumpy enough to be a national treasure

Peter Mandelson was lauded by the Times last week as a national treasure (Photo: PA)

Here are five simple criteria for anyone wishing to achieve national treasure status. Prince Philip makes it; Peter Mandelson and Stephen Fry do not

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/09/10

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during a visit to Carpineto Romano yesterday marking the 200th anniversary of Leo XIII's birth (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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If Britain is the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death, where do we put North Korea and China?

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim Il Sung, the country's founder Kyodo)

Exaggeration does us no favours in the abortion debate

Edmund Adamus said our society was hedonistic, anti-life and anti-family – all true. So why was he slapped down?

John Paul II, at Bellahouston Park, near Glasgow, in 1982, coined the phrase 'culture of death' (Photo: PA)

The last two popes have said it all: or should we keep quiet about that, too?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/09/10

Israeli President Shimon Peres meets Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo

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Debate: Is Britain a moral wasteland?

The Houses of Parliament have passed laws that are anti-family and anti-life (Photo: PA)

Or is it still a civilised, Christian country that leads the way on many moral issues?

Stephen Hawking still can’t explain how something came from nothing

Stephen Hawking says the laws of physics do away with the need for God (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)

Even if physicists had a Grand Theory of Everything, they could not solve creation

The lie that Newman was cold and aloof needs to be hit on the head

One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/09/10

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful during his weekly general audience at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Why have our bishops done nothing to prepare us for the new Mass translation?

The US bishops have put the new translation on their website

The new text is resonant and accurate: it puts to shame the translations we use at the moment