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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/12/11

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

By on Thursday, 8 December 2011

Benedict XVI lights the electronic Christmas tree in Gubbio, Italy (CNS)

Benedict XVI lights the electronic Christmas tree in Gubbio, Italy (CNS)

Pope Benedict used a Sony Tablet to light one of the world’s largest electronic Christmas trees last night.

An article in the Lancet medical journal has called for nuns to take the Pill in order to reduce their risk of cancer (full text).

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has said that human dignity is “a primary doctrine” of the Church.

Carey Gillam of Reuters investigates the child pornography case that has shaken the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols tells BBC Radio 2′s Chris Evans that there is no shortage of generosity in Britain despite the economic downturn (audio from 2:48.00).

Fr Raymond de Souza praises the “real hero” behind the new English translation of the Mass.

And Desmond Samith urges Catholics not to get too absorbed in venerating saints’ relics.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, December 12