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A doctor in Philadelphia is charged with murdering seven newborn babies and a female patient

Print edition 21.01.11

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, one of the west’s leading Muslim scholars, Abdal Hakim Murad, offers his perspective on violence against Christians in the Middle East; Léonie Caldecott recalls the happiest day of Pope John Paul II’s life; pro-life MP Nadine Dorries says churches have been pathetic in the fight to reform abortion law; and Stuart Reid writes about the love that Dorothy Day gave up to follow Christ. Plus, we report on the disclosure by White Stripes singer Jack White that he once considered the priesthood.

Bishop Kussala says military action over several years has failed to stop killing sprees and abductions

Ecumenical movement has led to ‘a sense of brotherhood’ among Christians, Benedict XVI says at general audience

St François de Sales (January 24) said he did not necessarily disapprove of ‘games, balls and pageants’

Daily readings: January 23 – 29

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Third Sunday of the Year: Is 8:23-9:3; 1 Cor 1:10-13; Mt 4:12-23

Fr Lombardi responds to furore over 1997 Vatican letter expressing concerns over ‘mandatory reporting’ of abuse cases

At his weekly general audience Benedict XVI asks for prayers for Christian unity

As International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches, Simon Caldwell tells the remarkable stories of 10 lesser-known heroes