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Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience  (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/15

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

The sex education lobby does not have science on its side

Politicians and lobbyists claim that more sex education is the answer to almost every problem in our schools. Here’s why they are wrong

The Pope talks to the Cardinals before the Synod

The Church is accused of being ‘out of touch’ in the results of a Church wide survey looking at family and married life

Protestors pictured outside the Supreme Court in Washington last year (PA)

Many Catholic institutions have sued over the legal requirement to provide contraceptive insurance coverage for employees

Little Sisters of the Poor attend 2014 celebration of Fortnight for Freedom Mass in Baltimore (CNS)

Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are required to provide contraceptive coverage

One of the numerous hostels provided by the Catholic Church for illegal immigrants. This one is in Los Angeles (CNS)

Charities providing help to immigrant children must provide contraception to youngsters, according to government regulations

Pope Francis waves as he prepares to board his flight from Manila to Rome (AP)

At new in-flight press conference Francis says good Catholics are not required ‘to be like rabbits’

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

Pope Francis wipes his eyes at the start of the morning session of the synod yesterday (CNS)

There is good reason to discuss what can be done pastorally within the context of doctrinal truth

'The pill seems to be the medically miraculous answer to the fear of an unwanted baby' (PA)

And this confusion is rooted in the arrival of the Pill in the early 1960s