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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/09/14

Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher outside St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in 2008 (CNS)

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

It is time Catholics confronted the Government’s ‘trojan horse’ threatening faith schools

Catholic schools must be allowed to teach Catholic morals, says Francis Phillips (PA)

OFSTED inspectors are imposing a rigid “Equalities Act” agenda on faith schools

There is so much at stake at next month’s family synod

Pope Francis will convene the October Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in a few weeks

If the synod is badly handled we will have to live with the results for years to come

The reinterment of Richard III in a Protestant cathedral demonstrates how firmly in place still is the anti-Catholic ascendancy his defeat at Bosworth made possible

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III (CNS)

There will be no prayers for his soul at this interfaith farrago in the presence of leaders of ‘the world faiths’ and the archbishop of Canterbury

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/09/14

Pope Francis arrives for the general audience (AP)

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

Thank God for Jung Chang, who told the truth about China

Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/14

Cardinal Rodríguez: 'Further violence is never the answer' (AP)

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

Books blog: Families must work together to stay strong in our society

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone

Could you give up your life for your faith?

Iraqi Christians grieve beside the coffins of two  brothers killed in Mosul in 2010  (CNS)

The power of martyrdom gives Christians an edge over Islamists

The redemptive power of Our Lady of Sorrows is perfectly encapsulated by Michelangelo’s Pietà

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails