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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/11/11

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

By on Monday, 21 November 2011

The Pope visits the parish of St Rita in Cotonou on the second day of his journey to Benin in West Africa (AP Photo/Sandro Bianchi, pool)

The Pope visits the parish of St Rita in Cotonou on the second day of his journey to Benin in West Africa (AP Photo/Sandro Bianchi, pool)

Yesterday Benedict XVI completed a three-day trip to Benin, which included a visit to the tomb of Cardinal Benardin Gantin, the publication of the apostolic exhortation Africae Munus, a meeting with children and a large open-air Mass (full texts, videos, John Allen’s reports and analysis).

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has claimed that there is little doubt that Shakespeare was a Catholic.

Carl Olson disagrees with Michael Gerson’s claim that President Obama’s strategy for winning the Catholic vote at next year’s election is “in shambles”.

And blogger Laurence England picks up his guitar to celebrate Summorum Pontificum, the apostolic letter liberating the traditional Latin Mass, and Universae Ecclesiae, the instruction clarifying the apostolic letter.