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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/10/10

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

By on Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan spent 13 years in prison under the Communist regime in Vietnam. (CNS photo by Neil Jacobs)

Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan spent 13 years in prison under the Communist regime in Vietnam. (CNS photo by Neil Jacobs)

The diocesan phase of the Cause of Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who served as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will be opened on October 22.

Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has expressed concern at the award of the Nobel Prize in medicine to the inventor of in vitro fertilisation.

A Church-run radio station in the Philippines has admitted that it made a mistake when transcribing a interview with Bishop Nereo Odchimar, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, concerning the country’s controversial Reproductive Health bill.

The Catholic press has a duty “to give rigorous and correct religious information“, Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has said at a major conference on the Catholic media in Rome.

Zenit publishes the full English text of Pope Benedict’s homily in Palermo on Sunday.

The composer Arvo Pärt’s work “gives voice to the testimony of faith in Christ“, Benedict XVI said after a concert in the Paul VI Hall last Friday (video).

Fr James Martin SJ wonders how the Church should respond to the spate of suicides among gay young people.

And Elizabeth Scalia argues that intellectual rigour and loyalty to the Church are not mutually exclusive.