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Pope Benedict pictured during his general audience this morning

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/12/10

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Fr Marcial Maciel in an undated picture provided by the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

If the Legion is to continue its existence, it needs to change, root and branch

A photograph of Marcial Maciel hangs in a Legion-affiliated building in Monterrey, Mexico (AP Photo/Monica Rueda)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/10

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Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

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Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Photo: CNS)

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

A book of Grimm fairytales presented at an exhibition in Germany (Photo: PA)

I know about the sinfulness of human nature; why can’t I get used to it?

This is a scan of a badly deteriorated negative of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison in 1983. The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitise its archive of photographic images (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/10

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In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?