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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)

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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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/09/14

A bride smiles during the joint wedding ceremony in St Peter's last month (AP)

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The future Blessed Pope Paul VI was a great champion of family life

File photo of Pope Paul VI greeting children during Rome parish visit in 1968

Humanae Vitae upheld the sanctity of marriage despite opposition from inside and outside the Church

What should you do when a child starts crying during Mass?

A boy hugs Pope Francis while he is trying to deliver a speech (Photo: PA)

A noisy child is a challenge for the whole congregation, not just for the priest and parents

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/09/14

Patriarch Bechara Rai, centre, at a prayer service in Washington DC (CNS)

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

Libya’s Christian community is not the first to face extinction in North Africa

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution