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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)

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

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)

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

David, I thought you were a sensible chap. What happened with child benefits?

David Cameron: suffering from the law of unintended consequences (Photo: PA)

Any student of psychology could have told you how it would play out

Roger Scruton would approve of David Cameron’s Big Society

David Cameron delivers his 'Your country needs you' speech in Birmingham this week (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

He could have provided a philosophic commentary to this week’s party conference

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/10/10

Pope Benedict XVI, right, is given a Chilean flag with the names and signatures of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine, in Copiaco, Chile, during a meeting with Catholic media representatives (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO)

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

Debate: Is the internet weakening the Catholic Church?

A journalist uses his iPad during the Catholic Press Congress at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Is the blogosphere obscuring the truth, or helping to illuminate it?