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This is a scan of a badly deteriorated negative of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison in 1983. The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitise its archive of photographic images (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/10

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

Pope Benedict says his schedule of meetings and trips 'really overtaxes an 83-year-old man' (Photo: CNS)

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’

London audience backed the motion ‘The papal visit should not be a state visit’

Pope Benedict greets pilgrims after the Mass on Sunday (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Heaven is a place within God, says Pope

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Benedict explains that heaven is not a location in the cosmos

Convent was established by Pope Pius XII

Pius XII during a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

Harold Bloom said he wanted to bin all the remaining copies of his novel. Perhaps that idea could be taken up elsewhere

Pope may have saved thousands of Jewish lives by secretly securing visas so they could escape the Third Reich, a German historian claims

‘Why were you Catholics so awful to the Jews during the War?’

Some controversies just won’t lie down and die. Pius XII and the Holocaust is one of them.

Sister Janet Fearns surveys the history of the Sacred Heart