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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/04/11

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

By on Thursday, 21 April 2011

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives for the general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives for the general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Benedict XVI urged the faithful to “take part intensely in the Easter Triduum” at his general audience yesterday (full text, video).

Pope Benedict has celebrated Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica (full text of homily).

Pope Benedict will take part in a question-and-answer session on Italian television tomorrow.

The Pope has expressed his condolences following the death of Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, the retired Archbishop of Turin who died on Monday aged 86.

Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Peter Comensoli, professor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, as an auxiliary bishop assisting Cardinal George Pell.

The Catholic Church has lost a landmark court case in Spain concerning the conduct of religion teachers.

The team that conducted the Apostolic Visitation of Ireland is preparing to present its report to the Pope.

Cardinal Seán Brady, Primate of All Ireland, will attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

Italian investigative journalist Carmelo Abbate has published a book claiming that thousands of priests are engaged in illicit sexual relationships.

Ordinariate Portal posts photos of the reception of members of the Oxford Ordinariate Group into full communion with the Catholic Church.

And the government of the Philippines has postponed the celebration of Earth Day so that it does not clash with Good Friday.