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Francis walks past musicians as he arrives for the audience with steelworkers

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

A Syrian man fixes a picture of Christ on the wall of his damaged house (CNS)

Predictions that after the end of the Cold War we would see a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West have been borne out by events

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, the first Opus Dei prelate (CNS)

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Barack Obama at the White House (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US president will visit the Vatican on March 27 as part of a European tour

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz  asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines
related to health insurance requirements (PA)

Archbishop Kurtz, president of the US bishops’ conference, asks for an exemption for those embroiled in legal battles

King Mohammed VI addresses the Moroccan  parliament (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/12/13

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Barack Obama has praised the Pope's 'incredible humility' (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/10/13

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A police officer at the scene of Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (CNS)

Archbishop Timothy P Broglio says ‘respect for life must be restored to the fabric of America’

Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St Peter's Square last weekend (CNS)

We must demand that our moralising, ineffectual political leaders take action

The Pope presides at the prayer vigil for Syria (AP)

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square