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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 21/11/12

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One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

The Alliance Pentecostal church is acquiring new converts each month

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Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod

Pope: we can never give up on peace

Pope Benedict XVI closes Middle East Synod by urging bishops never to resign themselves ‘to the absence of peace’

Representatives from churches in the Middle East attending the Synod have asked the international community to help Israel in achieving peace

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year: Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

Pope meets Israeli president

The two men expressed hope that the renewal of talks in Washington would lead to ‘lasting peace’