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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/08/10

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

By on Thursday, 26 August 2010

Benedict XVI acknowledges the cheering of the faithful at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Benedict XVI acknowledges the cheering of the faithful at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Benedict has urged the faithful to choose one saint to guide them through life (full text of yesterday’s general audience).

After yesterday’s general audience the Pope consoled a Italian man whose wife killed herself and their two children.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X, has denied that Pope Benedict is preparing a Motu Proprio aimed at reconciling the SSPX to Rome. Fr Z comments on the news.

Hundreds of nuns and slum dwellers in Calcutta are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa.

The Catholic Church has helped the son of one of Cuba’s top revolutionary heroes to go to the United States for medical treatment.

The Scotsman reports on an “unholy row” over the Pope’s route through Edinburgh next month.

The Pope has congratulated the Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife on the birth of their fourth child.

The Pope’s shoemaker has made a pair of shoes in the same style for both Benedict XVI and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

Eamonn McCann looks into relations between Church and state in Northern Ireland at the time of the Claudy bombing.

The Nineteen Sixty-four blog explores the major generational changes transforming the demography of the American Catholic population.

Fr Ray Blake tries to define the “Catholic brand“.

The Guardian’s CiF belief section is looking for “four ordinary Catholics to share their hopes and concerns for the forthcoming papal visit” to Britain.

And Mgr Charles Pope wonders why so many people faint in church.