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Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl (CNS)

Bishops defend the Polish Church’s record on tackling abuse

Girl Guides parade down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh (PA)

A dismissive attitude to older generations will not help the Guides movement prosper

Fr Henryk Borynski was renowned for voicing his strong opposition to Communism from the pulpit

A brave priest’s disappearance still haunts Britain’s Poles

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

Seventy years after massacres, archbishops call on people to ‘come together as brothers’

Radek Sikorski, Poland's Foreign Minister Photo: Press Association

Radek Sikorski, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has described Thatcher’s fight against Communism as a “moral inspiration”

Poles attend the installation of Pope John Paul II AP/Press Association Images

Communism never inspired love in a deeply faithful people

Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, Krakow (AP)

Its people have confidence in themselves and the mission of the Church

Statio Orbis

If anything, New Atheists only help a faith in decline across Europe

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/11

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