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In the paper this week

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In this week’s paper we report on the reaction to the horrific murder of Irish missionary Fr Jeremiah Roche.

Cardinal George Pell has fun at the expense of “Green extremists”. Pope Benedict says it’s useless to condemn and complain. The Birmingham Oratory experiences a shake-up. And Cardinal Bertone appeals for religious freedom in the Muslim world.

Fr Ernesto Cardenal, the Nicaraguan poet-priest, tells us that he’s still living dangerously. Anna Arco offers an update on the Visitation of American religious Sisters. And Russell Sparkes tells the story of the Catholic woman who was nearly named Poet Laureate.

Jill Segger asks us to be quiet. Mary Wakefield explains how to make an atheist’s top lip quiver. And Mary Kenny says true Christians should hang out with “losers”.

Alan Caine is awed by the V&A’s new galleries. Michael White marvels at “the new Glenn Gould”. And Jonathan Wright admires two women saints who broke all the rules.

Finally, Stuart Reid wonders if you say Mass, Marce, Morce – or possibly even Mawss.

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Morning Catholic must-reads

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Benedict XVI is expected to declare John Paul II Venerable on Saturday.

Blessed Mary MacKillop, whose canonisation is also expected to be announced tomorrow, is hailed as the “patron saint of troublemakers”.

Lawmakers have voted to liberalise Spain’s abortion laws, despite strong opposition from the Church.

Author Philip Pullman says he is “very disappointed” by claims that Catholics prevented the translation of the whole His Dark Materials trilogy to the silver screen.

The Vatican explains why former archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is no longer a priest.

Zenit interviews Cardinal Cordes, the Vatican’s “charity crusader”.

Egypt’s Muslims denounce the Swiss minaret vote but prevent Copts from building churches.

Theo Hobson argues that faith schools are damaging religious identity.

Cranmer decodes our political leaders’ Christmas cards.

The Catholic News Service reflects on Pope Benedict’s momentous year.

Fr James Schall SJ applauds President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize address.

A German Shepherd is to guard Pope Benedict’s home in Bavaria.

And Andrew M Brown urges you to build your own Nativity stable.

Pope says media should communicate wisdom

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This is the official Vatican video of yesterday’s general audience.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm