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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/07/10

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

By on Monday, 19 July 2010

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

The Pope urged the faithful not to forget God during their holidays at the Angelus yesterday (full text).

Benedict XVI has named Indian Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt the new permanent observer of the Holy See at the UN in New York.

Hackers targeted the Vatican website through Google at the weekend.

Cardinal Paul Jozef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will visit Haiti this week to deliver papal aid.

The Swiss Church has banned a priest from taking part in a gay pride festival.

Thomas Dollar argues that the Church unwittingly ensured the legalisation of gay marriage in Argentina.

Fr Federico Lombardi reflects on the revised norms on clerical abuse, as does canon lawyer and abuse whistleblower Fr Federico Lombardi.

The New York Times published another editorial lambasting the Vatican on Saturday and in the same issue lauded “the new abortion providers“.

Theologian Vincent Miller suggests that Benedict XVI’s “failures as a communicator” have given people a distorted view of the abuse crisis.

And Carl Olson describes Maureen Dowd’s weekend column on the Church as “crazed Catholic-bashing claptrap”.