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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/03/11

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

By on Thursday, 17 March 2011

Clergy pray at a ceremony welcoming the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Clergy pray at a ceremony welcoming the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Thousands of people greeted the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux on their arrival in Jerusalem yesterday.

Caritas Japan is preparing to open an emergency centre to coordinate humanitarian operations in the country.

Two American bishops have urged Catholics not to give money to Unicef or Amnesty International.

Controversial Chicago priest Fr Michael Pfleger may soon leave the parish he has served for 30 years.

The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has issued a decree denouncing Vassula Ryden, the founder of True Life In God.

Ignatius Insight posts sample pages of the English version of Youcat, the new youth catechism of the Catholic Church.

Mary Gail Frawley ODea suggests that the chancery of Philadelphia archdiocese should be “Catholicism’s Tahrir Square”.

Paul-Gordon Chandler looks at the prospects for Christians in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Russell Shaw argues that the new English translation of the Mass should be welcomed because it strives for transcendence.

Laura Miller says that James Frey is attempting to create a controversy on the scale of The Last Temptation of Christ with his new book about Jesus.

And Rocco Palmo explains why St Patrick’s Day is “after Christmas, the most culturally observed day of the liturgical calendar” in the United States.