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St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

Dawkins, with comedian Ariane Sherine: not a great believer AP Photo/Akira Suemor

Atheists like Dawkins have strange ideas about what we believe

St Augustine and his mother, St Monica, by the French painter Ary Scheffer

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

St Augustine: the Shakespeare of Theology (Photo: CNS)

But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written

Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina: Tolstoy's novel illustrates that working at an unsatisfactory marriage is usually better than abandoning it

Teaching ‘well-being’ at school is also hard to justify. Children are better off studying great works of literature

Feeling spiritual: students meditate at the Midtown Yoga centre in Memphis, Tennessee (Photo: Commercial Appeal/Landov)

The author of Confessions would have found the attempt to separate religion and spirituality incomprehensible or misleading

Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly general audience yesterday (Photo: CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Pope calls for end to killing in Somalia

Pontiff makes plea after rebels massacre 32 people in Mogadishu hotel

Daily readings: August 22 – August 28

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms