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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 09/02/11

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

By on Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by Archbishop James Harvey, left, and by Mgr Georg Gänswein, is pictured during today's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by Archbishop James Harvey, left, and by Mgr Georg Gänswein, is pictured during today's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI dedicated this morning’s general audience to St Peter Canisius, the Jesuit Doctor of the Church (video).

Iraq’s Minister of Tourism has claimed that Pope Benedict is planning to visit the ancient city of Ur in 2012.

Veteran Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli says that Benedict XVI is preparing a major overhaul of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Church officials in Slovenia have denied claims that they are facing “one of the most devastating financial disasters in the history of the Church”.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has said that the Bible is disappearing as “a normative cultural reference” in the West.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico has said that Benedict XVI is “very worried” about the violence in the country.

Vicka Ivanković-Mijatović, one of the alleged Medjugorje visionaries, will appear on The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy in Ireland this month.

Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor has launched a “listening programme” in his diocese.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has criticised media reporting of a new app that helps Catholics prepare for Confession, while Fr John Zuhlsdorf has reviewed the app.

And the Diocese of Rome has launched a new website dedicated to John Paul II’s beatification (direct link to the site).