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Cardinal Sarah speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (CNS)

The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

Dorothy Day depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes church in New York (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/16

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

Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest presides at the foot-washing rite on Holy Thursday last year  (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/03/16

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

The new provisional norms seek to increase financial transparency around saints' causes (AP)

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

Cardinal Robert Sarah: serene and fearless (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The unstoppable rise of Cardinal Sarah

The cardinal from a remote African village has become a standard bearer for Catholic orthodoxy in a Church where many things now seem uncertain

Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

Cardinal Sarah of Guinea: strong, wise and confidently Catholic (Photo: AP)

Cardinal Robert Sarah has the quiet authority to stand up to Western ideology

Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during Holy Thursday Mass in 2013 (CNS)

The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners’ feet

Benedict XVI hugs Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica last month (Photo: AP)

Is Francis really against Benedict?

Cardinal Danneels, on the one hand, and Cardinal Sarah on the other – the two tell very different tales

Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice