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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/10

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Let’s stop whingeing and moaning, and instead give thanks for the city of brotherly love

Philadelphia in the sunshine. In the 1730s, it was the only city in the British Empire where Mass could be celebrated in public (Photo: PCVB)

Philadelphia glorifies God in a beautiful autumn surprise

Why we should love and respect France, the Eldest Daughter of the Church and our new best friend

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy exchange copies of the new treaty at the Anglo-French summit this week (Photo: PA)

The new defence deal is a triumph. Many will feel it does not go far enough

The superiors of the Legion of Christ are opposing change – why not sack the lot?

Legionaries of Christ seminarians lead the recessional during a Mass in Rome (Photo: CNS)

They are supposed to believe in obedience to the pope: then let them obey

Debate: Should Christians abandon the Middle East?

A Lebanese woman lights a candle at a vigil in Beirut following the massacre in Baghdad on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Or should they stay, with extra support from the west?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/11/10

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt (CNS)

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Now we have a Catholic Speaker of the House who actually believes what the Church teaches

John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, is guided by the teaching of the Church (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)

His Catholic predecessor, who did not, has done untold harm

As the Belgian Church faces yet another meltdown, its leader explains himself

As the Belgian Church faces yet another meltdown, its leader explains himself

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the primate of Belgium, explains the controversies surrounding him only days after his spokesman’s resignation has sparked a new row

Belgian primate tells his flock: ‘I owe you some explanations…’

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard writes a letter to his flock explaining remarks which have sparked heated controversies in the Belgian Church

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/11/10

Cuban President Raúl Castro attends the opening of the new seminary in Havana (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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