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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/03/11

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

By on Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Candles burn in front of a portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti during a vigil in Lahore (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

Candles burn in front of a portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti during a vigil in Lahore (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

Pakistan’s bishops are considering submitting a formal request to the Holy See to officially recognise Shahbaz Bhatti as a martyr.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is expected to suspend a large number of priests today after they were named in a grand jury report on child abuse.

The Vatican is reportedly planning to launch an online news portal.

A reputed relic of St Mary Magdalene is drawing crowds in Rialto, California.

A British pilgrim who fell from her wheelchair during a visit to Lourdes is suing the trip’s organisers.

Zenit publishes the full text of Benedict XVI’s Lectio Divina reflection with Rome’s seminarians last Friday.

Southwest Ordinariate collects the farewell sermons of several Anglican clergy who are departing for the Personal Ordinariate.

Cardinal Roger Mahony considers how Satan would tempt Jesus in 2011.

Jeffrey Tucker shares his beef with Zenit.

And Dylan Parry marvels at a man who is preparing to follow the example of Bavarian monks by living on beer alone during Lent.