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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/03/11

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

By on Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh (Mazur/

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh (Mazur/

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has accused the British Government of pursuing an “anti-Christian foreign policy”.

Caritas Japan is considering sending an “impromptu mission” to Sendai, the diocese most affected by the earthquake and tsunami which struck the country last Friday.

Parents of a terminally ill Canadian boy have taken him to a Catholic hospital in the United States after a Canadian court ruled that doctors could remove the breathing tube keeping him alive.

The Archdiocese of Madrid has deplored the desecration of a chapel by students at Complutense University.

Dylan Parry reports on yesterday’s Mass at Westminster Cathedral welcoming the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini (photos).

The full text of the homily in which Fr Michael Ryan stepped back from the What If We Just Said Wait? Missal campaign is now available.

Michael Kelly says that Irish Catholics fear that the country’s new coalition government is on a collision course with the Church.

Fr Raymond de Souza praises the “martyrdom” of Shahbaz Bhatti.

Zenit talks to Jason Morrow, the creator of a new Android app helping Catholics to prepare for Confession.

And a rediscovered Mass setting for 40 voices is rising up Britain’s pop charts.

  • Marialouisa Perry

    Why is martyrdom in quotes? Are you suggesting he wasn’t killed for his faith and his role defending those unjustly accused under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

  • The Catholic Herald

    Thanks for raising this point. We are using quotation marks until he is officially recognised as a martyr by the Church.