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Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/10/10

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

By on Monday, 25 October 2010

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the end of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East on Sunday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the end of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East on Sunday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Benedict XVI said that peace is both urgent and possible at a Mass ending the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East yesterday (full text, video)

During the Angelus address, the Pope said that missionaries are called “not to revolutionise the world but transfigure it” (full text, video)

In their final message Synod participants condemned both terrorism and anti-Semitism (full text of message, full text of Synod propositions).

Israel’s deputy foreign minister has claimed that the Synod was “hijacked by an anti-Israel majority“.

The Vatican Secretariat of State is said to have heavily censored the speech of a bishop who criticised Islam during the Synod.

The next world Synod of Bishops in 2012 will focus on the New Evangelisation.

A 69-year-old Canadian bishop was the victim of a serious assault on Friday night.

Zenit has published the full English text of Cardinal-designate Velasio De Paolis’s letter to the Legionaries of Christ.

Westminster Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes, an ex-Anglican, is likely to be the first leader of the Personal Ordinariate in England and Wales.

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham, tells Edward Stourton why he intends to join the Ordinariate (audio from 25:30, transcript)

Valle Adurni considers how those who cross the Tiber will cope financially.

John Allen discusses the latest batch of cardinals on NPR (audio)

And engineers in Poland are racing to finish a giant statue of Christ in time for its unveiling in November (video).