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Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

Police clash with looters during the London riots

As the psalmist declaimed, ‘it is a people that do err in their heart’. We do need a ‘Big Society’: but on what will it be built?

After a groundbreaking meeting, Malaysia now has diplomatic relations with the Vatican. The country’s prime minister Najib Abdul Razak met with the Pope on Monday at Castel Gandolfo

Robert Mugabe receives Holy Communion at the beatification Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The Vatican is a Church; on what grounds can it ban someone from coming to Mass?

The three former Anglican bishops are pictured during their ordination as Catholic priests in Westminster Cathedral today (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Holy See issues a communique to mark the establishment of the world’s first personal ordinariate

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to diplomats yesterday (AP Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Pool)

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Archbishop Antonio Mennini, new nuncio to Britain, is pictured with French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray and Fr Aleksadr of the Novosibirsk Russian Orthodox Church (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Mennini is widely credited with improving relations with the Russian Orthodox

Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

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Chinese Catholics at a vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (Photo: CNS)

Bishops loyal to the Pope forced to take part in state-run assembly while others go into hiding to avoid arrest

Vatican spokesman says that such an ordination would damage relations between the Holy See and China