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Giacomo Leopardi: 'Our going on hoping and living is a happy, natural but also real and constant madness, and something quite contrary to reason, which all too clearly shows that there is no hope for any of us.'

The pessimistic noble Giacomo Leopardi was a precursor to Nietzsche and Samuel Beckett

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops' conference (CNS/Simon Caldwell)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/15

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'A change came over my my town in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas'

Why atheists love Christmas

Non-believers aren’t as different to Christians as they think they are, says Jennifer Fulwiler

Pope Francis (AP)

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Richard Dawkins (AP)

If a world cleansed of imperfections is what we wish for then Dawkins, with his Down’s Syndrome outburst, has shown us the way.

'Atheism couldn’t provide a satisfying answer to her emotions when she fell in love and had a baby' (Photo: PA)

Her story shows how reason can guide people to faith

Cardinal Péter Erdő, relator of next year's extraordinary synod (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/13

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Atheists gather at rally in America earlier this year (Photo: PA)

On Brandon Vogt’s website the point of Catholics and secularists debating is not to win arguments, but to help each other find the Truth

Sister Elizabeth, Mother Damian and Sister Juliana of the community of Poor Clare Colettines in Hawarden

A nun describes her dramatic journey from atheism to religious life

‘God’ should always appear capitalised Photo: PA

Those who deny the capital letter to the Almighty do so because they want to belittle Him