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‘Red Tory’ Phillip Blond speaks at Catholic conference in Italy

Benedict XVI acknowledges the cheering of the faithful at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/08/10

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

Harriet Harman MP, Acting Leader of the Opposition  Photo: PA

Harriet Harman to meet the Pope

During his visit to Britain, Pope Benedict will meet the former Equality Minister

David Cameron shakes hands with Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari at Chequers (Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire)

The dysfunctional, corrupt and intolerant nature of the Pakistani state bodes ill for the flood victims

The Prime Minister has a big decision to make (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

David Cameron should think carefully about Francis Campbell’s successor as British ambassador to the Holy See

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Fingers crossed: let’s hope it all goes somewhere

We  should become friends of the US, not ‘partners’

There has in recent years been far too much subservience

David Cameron delivers his Big Society speech at Liverpool Hope University (Christopher Furlong/PA)

The Coalition wants to release the philanthropic energies of believers

Photo: PA

Van Rompuy is right: Turkey is not, and will never be, a part of Europe

David Cameron has abandoned plans to reform the laws of succession. Critics of reform say it would lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England and undermine the monarchy (PA photo)

Ancient law that forbids Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from becoming monarch will not be challenged by the Government