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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/03/11

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

By on Monday, 21 March 2011

Benedict XVI speaks at the church of San Corbiniano on the outskirts of Rome yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI speaks at the church of San Corbiniano on the outskirts of Rome yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI issued an urgent appeal to military and political leaders yesterday to ensure the safety of Libyan civilians (full text, video).

The bishops of Ireland have issued a major pastoral letter calling for renewal following the abuse crisis (full text).

Christians in Pakistan have claimed that a Catholic man who died in prison while serving a life sentence for blasphemy was murdered.

The Pope and the Roman Curia ended their week-long Lenten spiritual exercises on Saturday.

Benedict XVI will address participants at the first meeting of the Courtyard of the Gentiles in Paris via videolink on Thursday.

Benedict XVI’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Part Two, has entered the New York Times top 10 non-fiction bestsellers list.

Noted US preacher Fr John Corapi has announced that he has been placed on administrative leave following allegations against him.

Fr Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Society of Jesus, has announced that the order’s general curia will be restructured.

According to a study by an Italian priest, 100 per cent of African internet servers hosting child pornography are located in Libya.

Lawrence Downes says that Dorothy Day is “definitely in the running” to be canonised.

Fr Frank Pavone explains why everyone should care about the case of Baby Joseph.

Kenneth Woodward remembers growing up in the “parallel culture” of the Catholic Church in the 1950s.

And Fr Robert Barron explains how Rolling Stone Keith Richards can help the New Evangelisation.