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Republican challenger Rick Santorum is one of two Catholics among the frontrunners to take on Barack Obama in the US presidential elections in November (PA)

Why the GOP is banking on Catholics

The Republican Party used to be the preserve of Anglo-Saxon Protestants, says Tim Stanley, but it no longer shuns the Catholic ‘hordes’

There are few Catholics in South Carolina, the reddest of red states, but that is changing fast

Rick Santorum, left, and the Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney (AP photo)

On Sundays Santorum goes to Mass in Latin; but the BBC Washington correspondent says he’s a Protestant. What else will he get wrong?

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Newt Gringrich, who was born Newton Leroy McPherson, converted to Catholicism in 2009  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Michael Brendan Dougherty asks whether there will be a second act to Newt Gingrich’s mind-boggling political career

A woman prays before a painting of Pope John Paul II at Santo Spirito Church in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/04/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church