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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/01/12

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

By on Monday, 2 January 2012

Pope Benedict delivers the Angelus address at the Vatican yesterday (AP)

Pope Benedict delivers the Angelus address at the Vatican yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI urged the faithful to pray for peace throughout the world in his first Angelus address of the year yesterday (video).

Pope Benedict celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, yesterday morning (full text of homily).

The Pope created a personal ordinariate in the United States and Canada for groups of former Anglicans yesterday (PDF of decree, official website, Twitter).

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin appealed for “a mature dialogue between Church and society in Ireland” at a Mass attended by Irish prime minister Enda Kenny yesterday.

English Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster has asked whether the Church should “maintain schools that are Catholic in name only” in a New Year pastoral letter (PDF of full text, response from teacher Michael Merrick).

And Rome Reports previews 10 major events at the Vatican in 2012 (video).