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Chinese faithful celebrate Easter Mass at a patriotic church in Beijing (AP)

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

'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

The UN panel will focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/01/14

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

The cardinal has warned of a return to Ostpolitik

The Holy See has to choose between being clear or accepting compromise

Pope Francis addresses clergy at the Basilica of St John Lateran yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/09/13

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

Babies – a good thing (CNS)

Our planet is not ‘full’

We need not panic about overpopulation – despite what some of my more excitable correspondents say

Gerbils owe their familiarity in the West to Père David

As a missionary in China, he was also the first westerner to set eyes on a giant panda

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Sixty years of on-off engagement has pushed the region to the brink of war

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

Something rather sinister has happened in the wake of the General Synod vote