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Stem-cell researchers achieve a breakthrough, while Woman’s Hour hosts a head-to-head debate on abortion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/10/10

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