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Guido Reni's Crucifixion in San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome

Why Catholics care about the Cross

It tells us a simple fact: that God loves us, all of us, and died for us

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives for the general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/04/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A woman wearing a burqa walks past St Silas the Martyr Anglo-Catholic church in Kentish Town, London (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Our refusal to do the same has nothing to do with toleration: we just don’t have the political courage

The Cathedral of Mdina, Malta, decorated for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul (courtesy of the New Liturgical Movement)

One of the glories of the Triduum is the long and silent adoration at the Altar of Repose. One of its miseries is the attempt by misguided people to fill in the silence

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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A supporter of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami attends a rally to condemn the ban imposed on the burqa or veil in France (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Is it too much to suggest that at the heart of the Western manner of dress is a reverence for the face, and that this springs from a religious impulse?

Archbishop Martin says Irish-American sentimentalism is incomprehensible: but it’s dangerous too

It hasn’t just been about singing ‘Danny Boy’: in Ulster it’s meant death and destruction

Mgr Keith Newton annoints a candidate's head with chrism (Photo: The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)

The ordinariate is really happening

Last night saw the first receptions of groups into the ordinariate

Archbishop-elect George Stack of Cardiff (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope John Paul II with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1979

Why a new play about Pope John Paul II offers an original, thought-provoking perspective on the man who became pope