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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/08/10

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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The Americans are leaving Iraq – but the war goes on

US soldiers take part in the casing ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the last American combat brigade to serve in Iraq (Photo: PA)

Perhaps now the US will end its policy of intervention in order to make future Iraqs impossible

Prison officers are sceptical that Jon Venables is really repentant for his sins

Jon Venables, in a police photo from 1993 (Photo: PA)

But even if they believed him, they would still be out for retribution, not rehabilitation

Talking about angels with an atheist is like admitting to a belief in aliens

The Miracle of St Michael at Chonae, a 12th-century icon at St Catherine's monastery, Mount Sinai

I told him everyone had a guardian angel, and that they were ‘all around us at this moment’. For my atheist brother-in-law, this was too much

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/08/10

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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The papal visit souvenirs are too tasteful – I say bring back the Benny Bear

This teddy bear T-shirt was sold during the Pope's trip to America in 2008 alongside the fluffy white "Benny Bear" (Photo: CNS)

Where, oh where is the gaudiness (and enthusiasm) we expect from Catholic tat?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/08/10

A nun weeps at the spot where the body of US Mill Hill Father John Kaiser was found in 2000 (CNS photo from Reuters)

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Marriage-saving tips that David Cameron should know about

Hollywood doesn't have the answer to making ordinary marriages work well. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, above, are an exception (Photo: PA)

A leaflet by the Ruth Institute could help our country stave off misery and debt at the same time

Debate: Are the Pope protesters anti-Catholic?

Protesters at Westminster Cathedral in March (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

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Closing a Catholic adoption agency is not in the ‘interests of children’

Our descendants will look back in amazement at the gullibility of our age