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Morning Catholic must-reads 10/08/10

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

By on Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The exhumed body of Padre Pio lies in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo in 2008 (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

The exhumed body of Padre Pio lies in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo in 2008 (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Thieves in Italy have attempted to steal a gold reliquary containing Padre Pio’s relics.

Three men who sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuse by priests in a Kentucky diocese are abandoning the case.

Just 2,500 tickets have been allocated to Catholics in Northern Ireland to attend open-air events during the Pope’s visit to England and Scotland.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City has criticised the Mexican Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage.

Elizabeth Hansen reviews Catholic responses to last week’s ruling on Proposition 8.

Ross Douthat says it’s naive to assume that legalising same-sex marriage will have little cultural impact.

John Cooney says that the Pope’s meeting with the Queen next month is a stepping stone to a papal visit to Ireland.

Fr Richard McKay says the Pope is coming to Britain to build bridges.

L’Osservatore Romano is sorry that Raphael’s painting of the Transfiguration hangs in a museum rather than a church.

Mel Gibson’s father has claimed that Benedict XVI and half of all Vatican employees are homosexual.

And a columnist for the tabloid New York Post is training for the priesthood.

  • http://twitter.com/wmpetzall Wendy

    Thanks for the work in summarising interesting news. Will be checking this frequently!
    Wendy