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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/10/10

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga (CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

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Cuddly Claire Rayner believed it was selfish to have children with Down’s Syndrome

Claire Rayner and her husband Des earlier this year (Photo: PA)

As the mother of a girl with Down’s Syndrome, I disagree

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/10/10

Rabbi David Rosen greets the Pope at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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Debate: Can Catholics take the horror out of Halloween?

Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, celebrated on November 1 (Photo: PA)

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 13/10/10

The Motu Proprio Ubicumque et semper was published yesterday

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It was surely praying at their ‘makeshift shrine’ that kept the Chilean miners sane

Four miners carry a statue of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, to the rescue shaft at the San Jose mine in Chile

One of their first requests, after a crucifix, was for statues of Our Lady and the saints

Middle Eastern Christians must pull together

The tower of a church and the minaret of a nearby mosque are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: CNS)

The timing of the Middle East Synod is unfortunate

Good news for every blob of cells that wants to grow into a human

Stem-cell researchers achieve a breakthrough, while Woman’s Hour hosts a head-to-head debate on abortion

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/10/10

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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First ‘atheistic civilisation’ is heading for catastrophe

First ‘atheistic civilisation’ is heading for catastrophe

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel yesterday opened Forum 2000 by deploring the pride and shortsightedness of today’s global society