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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on New Year's Day. (Photo: PA)

Six things to pray for in 2013

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Oxford Oratory

Their reception into the Church will bring many of the Oxford Movement’s deepest insights

Sister Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, outside the Louvre

To avoid causing scandal, Sister Wendy should perhaps stick to art

First day of new Parliament

… but man is not the measure of all things

Pope Benedict delivers his address to the Roman Curia last year (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/12

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

An unmanned drone flies over Afghanistan (Photo: PA)

Mark Shea says the Obama administration’s lawless drone campaign is claiming innocent lives

Russia Putin

Russia’s demographic emergency

Russia’s population decline is a national emergency, and its attitude to abortion is to blame

Copies of the Financial Times Deutschland outside a newsagent in Frankfurt (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/12

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


Athletes, authors and royals can agree that it’s the greatest job of all

Gay Marriage Amendment

How we made ‘choice’ a god

When this worthless value is the pre-eminent good, society suffers