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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/10/11

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

By on Thursday, 6 October 2011

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond with Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA Wire)

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond with Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA Wire)

Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley is preparing to meet Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond after the Church expressed grave concern about new laws to combat sectarianism.

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has rejected a claim that he sexually assaulted a student in the 1980s.

The Greek Orthodox University of Thessalonica presented Pope Benedict with a medal yesterday (video).

The Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario, is selling three designated heritage churches for one Canadian dollar.

Researchers in America have discovered that Catholic priests are among the happiest people in society.

The BBC explores Allen Hall, the rejuvenated seminary of the Archdiocese of Westminster (slideshow).

AsiaNews.it reports on claims that Saudi Arabia is sponsoring attacks on Copts in an attempt to install a radical Islamic regime in Egypt.

Joseph Pronechen says that 40 Days for Life has had its best start ever.

Rod Dreher, the writer who left the Catholic Church after covering the abuse crisis, salutes Tom Breen, the AP reporter who became a Catholic after covering the scandal.

Elizabeth Scalia gives thanks for the life of Steve Jobs.

Kathy Schiffer explains why Pope Urban VII should be the patron saint of non-smokers.

And Taylor Marshall raises a glass to Chartreuse, the green spirit made by Carthusians.