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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/10/11

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

By on Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Pope Benedict visits Assisi in 2007 (AP Photo/Maurizio Brambatti, Pool)

Pope Benedict visits Assisi in 2007 (AP Photo/Maurizio Brambatti, Pool)

Benedict XVI has promised a Lutheran minister that he will ensure that it is impossible to interpret the interfaith meeting in Assisi later this month in “a syncretistic or relativistic” fashion.

Pope Benedict has urged professors to “educate young people also in authentic moral and spiritual values” in a message at the start of the academic year.

There will be no Personal Ordinariate in Southern Africa, a leader of the Traditional Anglican Communion has claimed.

A bishop in Argentina has enthroned an image of Mary, patroness of the depressed, in a ceremony in the town of Los Cardales.

A Peruvian journalist has rallied to the defence of Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani after the Archbishop of Lima became “the target of a media offensive to undermine him and destroy his image as a pastor”.

The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers has launched a new website.

Hilary White explains why she decided to fight in the “terrible global war” in defence of human life.

Shane Claiborne suggests that St Francis of Assisi might have joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

And Deacon Robert Lukosh argues that Catholics should think carefully before getting tattoos and body piercings (full PDF of article).