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Priests pray in front of the slogan: 'We thank you for freedom at St Anne's church in Warsaw, Poland (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

A postcard of John Paul II is displayed at a shop in Rome near the Vatican (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/01/11

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Pope Benedict XVI greets mothers and babies during a visit to the Rome Gemelli hospital (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/01/11

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Pope Benedict XVI offers a blessing from the window of his apartment (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/12/10

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In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?

Does the papacy need a ruthless manager? (Photo: CNS)

Or should the priority instead be on holiness and authoritative teaching?

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the papal plane (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for reform. No pontificate can reach its full potential with an incompetent Vatican bureaucracy

Benedict XVI speaks at today's general audience

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/11/10

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Michael Voris, of RealCatholicTV.com, and Fra Roderic Mary, of AirMaria.com, might be described by the New York Times as 'Catholic Taliban'

But all they want is to get the Church back for the faith

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, head of the Vatican bank  (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/10

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