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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

New members of the ruling Politburo Committee, including China's leader Xi Jinping, centre (Photo: AP)

May God bless the real Republic of China – Taiwan

Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China (Photo: CNS)

Eighty priests and 80 nuns are taught about duty to China and the socialist value system

Newborn babies at a hospital in Shandong province, eastern China (Photo: PA)

The internet is making it impossible for Chinese authorities to keep their shameful policy away from international scrutiny