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Pope Benedict at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006 (Photo: PA)

We should work towards fighting secularism rather than reaching an agreement on theology

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/10

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

Philadelphia in the sunshine. In the 1730s, it was the only city in the British Empire where Mass could be celebrated in public (Photo: PCVB)

Philadelphia glorifies God in a beautiful autumn surprise

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy exchange copies of the new treaty at the Anglo-French summit this week (Photo: PA)

The new defence deal is a triumph. Many will feel it does not go far enough

Legionaries of Christ seminarians lead the recessional during a Mass in Rome (Photo: CNS)

They are supposed to believe in obedience to the pope: then let them obey

A Lebanese woman lights a candle at a vigil in Beirut following the massacre in Baghdad on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Or should they stay, with extra support from the west?

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt (CNS)

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John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, is guided by the teaching of the Church (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)

His Catholic predecessor, who did not, has done untold harm

As the Belgian Church faces yet another meltdown, its leader explains himself

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the primate of Belgium, explains the controversies surrounding him only days after his spokesman’s resignation has sparked a new row

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard writes a letter to his flock explaining remarks which have sparked heated controversies in the Belgian Church