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Egyptian Christian Romani Girgis sells Coptic religious goods in his shop in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/03/11

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

Candles burn in front of a portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti during a vigil in Lahore (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

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

Lambert Wilson and Jean-Marie Frin star in Of Gods and Men, a film about Cisterian monks who were murdered by Islamists in Algeria (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

They faced a certain and violent death yet were filled with hope in eternal life

Pope Benedict XVI and Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The crucifixion was caused by our own sins: that has always been mainstream Catholic teaching

Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address on Sunday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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

Pakistani Christians shower rose petals on the casket of Shahbaz Bhatti earlier today (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The blood of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti will not be shed in vain

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

A monk at Downside used to deny himself marmalade (Photo: PA)

Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions is profoundly disheartening. At least I get another chance at self-discipline

Benedict XVI and Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Tel Aviv during the Pope's visit to the Holy Land in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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

Lesley-Anne Knight is the first female secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/03/11

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