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Pro-life demonstrators walk through central Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/10

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

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

The Pope arrives at the vigil in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Catholics around the world pray for end to abortion

Pope Benedict XVI encourages faithful to participate in prayer vigils on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent

John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, is guided by the teaching of the Church (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)

His Catholic predecessor, who did not, has done untold harm

Pro-lifers pray outside an abortion centre in Pennsylvania (Photo: CNS)

I am not a natural for this kind of thing. I cringe inwardly when people shout at us, as they occasionally do. But I hope we make people think

Dr Alveda King, niece of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr, narrates the 
documentary Blood Money. She is pictured in Amarillo, Texas, in 2006

Alveda King narrates abortion film

Documentary about abortion industry in the US is premiered in Notting Hill, west London

Presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff speaks in the chapel of Belo Horizonte's Central Market (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Pontiff urges Brazilian bishops to guide the faithful to oppose abortion

A maternity ward in Wuhan, Hubei province, China (Photo: AP)

Is that really what you want your taxes to be spent on?

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary for International Development, wants overseas aid to have an 'unprecedented focus on family planning' (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Bishops criticise Government proposals to ‘hard-wire’ abortion and contraceptive services into overseas development programmes