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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 13/10/10

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/10/10

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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First ‘atheistic civilisation’ is heading for catastrophe

First ‘atheistic civilisation’ is heading for catastrophe

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel yesterday opened Forum 2000 by deploring the pride and shortsightedness of today’s global society

Funerals that pay tribute to the foibles and frailties of the deceased make me deeply uneasy

A Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

A Requiem Mass I was at this morning was highly unusual in one respect: there was no panegyric of the dead

The Wild West of the blogosphere can revitalise the Church

The full text of Anna Arco’s speech at the World Press Congress in Rome last week

Removing child benefit makes sense – but not if it punishes couples for marrying

David and Samantha Cameron at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham (Photo: PA)

This unintended consequence has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/10/10

Bishops participate in the Mass opening the Middle East Synod of Bishops (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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