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Paul Theroux: a mind narrowed by travel (PA photo)

Nineteenth-century writers were an intriguing mix of curiosity and prejudice; modern writers are equally prejudiced, but not in a good way

Tariq Ramadan, one of the speakers at last night's debate (PA photo)

At last night’s Spectator debate the panellists were hard to spot behind the straw men

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna (CNS photo/Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/06/11

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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 29/06/11

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Corpus Christi procession in Sligo Town, Ireland, on Sunday (Photo: Patricia McCaffrey)

Priests could do house Benedictions in the week leading up to it, with adoration in each place

Benedict XVI and Cardinal Angelo Scola prepare to take a gondola across the Grand Canal during the Pope's visit to Venice last month (CNS photo)

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Sister Lucia, who died in 2005 at the age of 97, was the oldest of three children who received apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima (CNS photo)

There are enough scandals for Catholics to worry about: no need to waste time on crackpot fantasies

A Eucharistic 'flashmob' in Preston

It’s not just in the discernment of individual vocations where its power will be felt

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Is the ‘spiritual and emotive’ power of relics more important than their authenticity?