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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/07/10

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

By on Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lord Patten of Barnes

Lord Patten of Barnes

The organisers of the papal visit to Britain initially “underestimated the complexity involved in fitting together the state visit aspect and the pastoral aspect”, Lord Patten has told Vatican Radio.

Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley has urged parishes in Scotland to spread the cost of sending people to the papal Mass in Glasgow.

The Vatican’s leading art historian has admitted that a newly discovered painting by Caravaggio is only a copy.

The bishops of Colombia and Venezuela have promised to work together despite growing tensions between the two countries.

An Italian bishop has asked the Mafia to stop using shrines for initiation ceremonies.

Benedict XVI praised the work of grandparents yesterday on the feast of SS Joachim and Anne.

The tiny Catholic community in Mongolia is celebrating the creation of a new community of six recently baptised women.

Zenit interviews an Italian missionary bishop working among child soldiers and refugees in northern Uganda.

And Daniel Allott ponders the “vexing problem” of presumed consent in organ donation.

  • MJCarroll

    When you observe what is happening with this state visit to the events of the last papal visit to the USA we really need to be ashamed. George W. Bush gave Benedict XVI equal security to that of the presidency and this was definitely a 'no holds barred' operation. They even gave him a thirty vehicle motorcade through out the trip filled with the country's top security.

    People in this country need to stop moaning about cost and accept that this is Britain. Presumably we haven't suddenly forgotten how to organise state visits. Britain's reputation definitely is at stake during the papal visit.

    Atheists, agnostics, Peter Tatchell and all these pathetic, uncouth and ill-educated cretins in Britain need to stop worrying about the Pope and worry about their own sad and pathetic lives.