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Benedict XVI speaks at the church of San Corbiniano on the outskirts of Rome yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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The London Eye during the launch of Red Nose Day (Ian West/PA)

It is shameful that our bishops refuse to say the same thing

A watercolour by Count Amedeo Preziosi: past splendours exert a powerful hold

As in China, the forces of conservatism were too great

Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

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The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (probably the most photogenic city in the world). AP Photo/Murad Sezer

Rather, there is plenty that encourages it

The world's biggest book of fairy tales in eastern Germany (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

According to a poll, a third of parents refuse to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood because of its grisly content

Clergy pray at a ceremony welcoming the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/03/11

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Men light candles at a vigil to commemorate Pakistani minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Lahore (CNS photo/Mohsin Raza, Reuters)

Why are we giving hundreds of millions to brutal regimes like Pakistan and northern Sudan?

The Rite of Election at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Is the number of people joining the ordinariate ‘close to 800′ or ‘an estimated 900’?

The newly elected Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai (Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/03/11

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