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The BBC asked me this twice in one morning. And the reason is simple: it’s a matter of obedience. Nobody said being a Catholic was easy

Peter Mandelson was lauded by the Times last week as a national treasure (Photo: PA)

Here are five simple criteria for anyone wishing to achieve national treasure status. Prince Philip makes it; Peter Mandelson and Stephen Fry do not

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during a visit to Carpineto Romano yesterday marking the 200th anniversary of Leo XIII's birth (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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North Koreans pay tribute to Kim Il Sung, the country's founder Kyodo)

Exaggeration does us no favours in the abortion debate

John Paul II, at Bellahouston Park, near Glasgow, in 1982, coined the phrase 'culture of death' (Photo: PA)

The last two popes have said it all: or should we keep quiet about that, too?

Israeli President Shimon Peres meets Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/09/10

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The Houses of Parliament have passed laws that are anti-family and anti-life (Photo: PA)

Debate: Is Britain a moral wasteland?

Or is it still a civilised, Christian country that leads the way on many moral issues?

Stephen Hawking says the laws of physics do away with the need for God (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)

Even if physicists had a Grand Theory of Everything, they could not solve creation

One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful during his weekly general audience at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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