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The Italian prime minister at the Senate in Rome last week (Photo: PA)

L’Osservatore Romano said the offensive joke was a ‘sad’ example of the decline of public discourse in Italy

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing at the end of a youth meeting in Sicily (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/10/10

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Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark (Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/09/10

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The exhumed body of Padre Pio lies in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo in 2008 (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

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L’Osservatore Romano praises film’s creative ambition

The Beatles grew up in Liverpool at a time when Catholic children learnt all the basic prayers by heart (CNS file photo/Capitol Records)

Their songs included powerful and touching hymns to Mary and to creation

L’Osservatore Romano pays tribute to La Furia Roja

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/07/10

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