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The Explainer: can Pope Francis be the protector of persecuted Christians?

Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique)

A guide to the harder-to-grasp aspects of Catholic news stories

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/07/14

A Latin-English edition of the Code of Canon Law (CNS)

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We must welcome Christians fleeing the Middle East to Britain

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

The Catholic civil rights hero who really deserves a statue

'Irish emancipation was a lonely campaign for Daniel O’Connell'

Why are we honouring Gandhi but snubbing the Irish leader who helped to inspire him?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/07/14

Chaldean leader Patriarch Louis Sako (AP)

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The world record-breaking athlete and his extraordinary Catholic coach

David Rudisha won gold at London 2012 (PA) Below: Brother Colm in 100 Seconds to Beat the World

A brilliant BBC Four documentary tells the triumphant story of David Rudisha and Brother Colm O’Connell

Catholic Herald View: We are witnessing a great betrayal of Iraqi Christians

Our Christian Adams cartoon on the plight of Christians in Mosul

When is silence from Western leaders a shrewd political strategy and when is it simply cowardice?

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 23/07/14

An Iraqi Christian woman who fled Mosul sits in a church in Telkaif (CNS)

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

Would you set up a ‘little oratory’ in your house?

'There is one right way to set up an oratory but that individual family oratories should communicate your own faith'

An energetic new book offers a helpful guide to praying at home

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/07/14

Mar Behnam Monastery, near Bakhdida in northern Iraq

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