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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/08/11

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

By on Monday, 15 August 2011

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Benedict XVI urged the faithful to pray for the success of this week’s World Youth Day during his Angelus address yesterday (video).

The Pope also praised St Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another man at Auschwitz 70 years ago yesterday.

Two Catholic nurses have defended their right not to work at an abortion clinic by invoking Britain’s controversial equality laws.

Archaeologists have found the remains of a seventh-century English saint under flats in Oxfordshire.

Joseph Pronechen says that a group of American students is bringing Gregorian chant to World Youth Day.

The New York Times reports on a Benedictine monastery in North Dakota that is being forced to pull out of the cattle business.

Bishop Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, urges students of the Theology of the Body not to focus narrowly on sex.

Paul Ford considers what St Thomas Aquinas would have made of the sins of the blogosphere.

And a Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood shares her passion for the Korean martial art taekwondo.