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Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

Critics have reduced Silence to a missile in the culture wars. It’s so much more than that

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François Fillon is outspoken about his Catholicism (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/01/17

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

Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

The film handles questions of sin, doctrine and mercy which are at the heart of today’s controversies

Martin Scorsese: ‘When one has a vocation, does it have to be clerical?’ (AP)

The director was dismissed from the seminary as a young man. But his personal pilgrimage has never ended

Andrew Garfield as Fr Rodrigues and Shinya Tsukamoto as Mokichi in Silence

This is a tale of anti-Christian persecution that speaks loudly and dreadfully to modern times

Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Schönborn leave a session of the family synod in October 2015 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/16

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

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese during a private audience in the Vatican (CNS)

The director gave interviews to Jesuit publications ahead of the release of his new film about missionary priests in 17th century Japan

Pope Francis prays on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/16

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

Mother Teresa prays at the Missionaries of Charity in East Beirut (Photo: AP)

Advent is a chance to deepen our experience of the liturgy – beginning with silence