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Pope Francis greets a newly ordained priest yesterday (AP)

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Herodium, the desert site of King Herod's fortress and palace, where his tomb was found in 2007 (Photo: CNS)

Curators of a blockbuster exhibition have sought to sanitise his reputation

Israeli forces march along Israel's separation barrier (Photo: PA)

To accuse Scarfe of a ‘blood libel’ is unpardonably over the top: accusations of that seriousness should be more carefully made

Pope Benedict with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv in 2009

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/01/13

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Hamas militants at a press conference in Gaza City announcing the ceasefire (Photo: PA)

Reconciliation actually works – that’s what the allies discovered in Germany: but can it be done without unconditional surrender?

Recordings of the voices of many former popes, including Benedict XVI, feature in the new archive  (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 21/11/12

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One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

Icons are displayed in a shop window in Jerusalem's Old City (Photo: AP)

The Alliance Pentecostal church is acquiring new converts each month

A woman studies the Bible at St Mary of Celle parish in Berwyn, Illinois (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/11/10

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