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Like everyone else 30 years ago, the Church failed to understand paedophilia

Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/10/10

Benedict XVI celebrates the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga (CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

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Cuddly Claire Rayner believed it was selfish to have children with Down’s Syndrome

Claire Rayner and her husband Des earlier this year (Photo: PA)

As the mother of a girl with Down’s Syndrome, I disagree

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/10/10

Rabbi David Rosen greets the Pope at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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Debate: Can Catholics take the horror out of Halloween?

Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, celebrated on November 1 (Photo: PA)

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

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The Motu Proprio Ubicumque et semper was published yesterday

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It was surely praying at their ‘makeshift shrine’ that kept the Chilean miners sane

Four miners carry a statue of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, to the rescue shaft at the San Jose mine in Chile

One of their first requests, after a crucifix, was for statues of Our Lady and the saints

Middle Eastern Christians must pull together

The tower of a church and the minaret of a nearby mosque are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: CNS)

The timing of the Middle East Synod is unfortunate

Good news for every blob of cells that wants to grow into a human

Stem-cell researchers achieve a breakthrough, while Woman’s Hour hosts a head-to-head debate on abortion