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Smoke billows from chimneys in Rome, in front of St Peters' Basilica  (AP)

A new mode of Vatican rhetoric, characterised by assertions and attacks, is one of the greatest contrasts with the past 35 years

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during the Angelus (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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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

A man looks at the Papal Cross in Phoenix Park, Dublin (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/10

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