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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 02/02/11

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

By on Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A plainclothes Swiss Guard looks on as the Pope greets a child who sneaked past security during today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

A plainclothes Swiss Guard looks on as the Pope greets a child who sneaked past security during today's general audience (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience today to St Teresa of Avila, who he described as “a true teacher of life for the Christian faithful of every era” (video).

The head of Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has urged Catholics and Anglicans to observe a holy hour on the feast of the Chair of St Peter later this month.

Fr Thomas Euteneuer, who stood down as president of Human Life International last year, has admitted to “violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female” under his spiritual care.

Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo explains why the Japanese bishops have struggled with the Neocatechumenal Way.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella has suggested that we are “still at the beginning” of the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

George Neumayr applauds Pope Benedict’s bold defence of religious freedom.

The Nineteen Sixty-four blog offers a graphic guide to the recent history of the Jesuit order.

And the designers of a new iPhone and iPad app say they hope it will encourage people to return to Confession.