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A Japanese Chef serves tempura to France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (PA)

Eating Japanese food on Ember Days

In Latin the Ember Days are called the Quatuor Tempora, giving rise to a popular form of fried food

Spiderman star Andrew Garfield will play the lead role in Silence (CNS)

Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson to star in Silence

Isabella was granted the title ‘the Catholic’ by a papal bull in 1496. Her Cause was launched in 1958 in the Diocese of Valladolid, where she died in 1504

Those promoting Queen Isabella’s Cause can’t ignore the horrendous suffering she imposed on the Jewish people

Pope Francis at this morning's Chrism Mass (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/04/14

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Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

A Catholic Charismatic Renewal conference in Delaware in 2008 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/01/14

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience

The question-and-answer session between the Pope and viewers is projected on the wall of a restaurant in Rome (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Benedict XVI answered questions posed by Christians and non-Christians

A British rescue team begin their search for trapped people as snow falls in Kamaishi, Japan (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Japanese bishops announce the establishment of an emergency centre to co-ordinate humanitarian aid

Pope Benedict XVI says Japanese people are facing calamity with ‘dignity and courage’