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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/04/11

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

By on Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Archbishop-elect George Stack of Cardiff (Mazur/

Archbishop-elect George Stack of Cardiff (Mazur/

Benedict XVI has named Bishop George Stack as the new Archbishop of Cardiff.

Catholic protesters in Avignon have reportedly damaged an artwork by Andres Serrano featuring a crucifix in a glass of urine.

Vandals have destroyed the tabernacle of a church in the Spanish city of Ciempozuelos.

L’Osservatore Romano has launched its new website.

The Vatican Museums are to extend their opening hours during the week of John Paul II’s beatification.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC defends the US bishops’ critique of Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God.

Zenit publishes the full text of Benedict XVI’s address to the new Spanish ambassador to the Holy See, María Jesús Figa López-Palop.

Tim Drake asks whether Doug Kmiec was “too Catholic” to be the US ambassador to Malta.

Writing in Macleans, Brian Bethune says that Benedict XVI is proving to be a “surprisingly activist” pope.

Ignatius Insight celebrates the sixth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s election.

And Habemus Papam, Nanni Moretti’s new film about a depressed pope, is dividing Italian Catholics.