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'The golden roof, the marble walls, the Vatican’s majestic halls…' (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, POOL)

A remarkable book that emerged from a chance conversation on a plane tackles the question of ‘the Pope’s jewels’

The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri received the demand of €100,000 for the return of the Renaissance-era documents

Francis addresses the faithful before leaving  Santa Maria Madre del Redentore parish (AP/Riccardo De Luca)

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Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/13

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Pope Benedict is pictured at the Regina Caeli at the Vatican yesterday (AP)

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The 'Deposition From the Cross' by Caravaggio (CNS photo/courtesy of the Vatican Museums)

The latest masterpiece, found in Campion Hall, does not look like much to me

A policeman searches the site of an explosion at Zaveri Bazaar in Bombay, India (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/07/11

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Melozzo da Forli greatly influenced Raphael and Michelangelo

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during the Angelus yesterday (Alessandra Tarantino/AP/Press Association Images)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/11/10

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