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Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

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

By on Thursday, 19 January 2012

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience yesterday to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which runs until January 25 (video).

The parents of a boy with Down’s Syndrome in England have accused the Church authorities of refusing to allow him to make his First Holy Communion – a charge the diocese denies.

Two Catholic midwives in Scotland are going to court to ensure that they are not required to take part in abortions at the hospital where they work.

The Pontifical Gregorian University has launched the official website of a major symposium on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church worldwide.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has announced that more than 10,000 people a day visit its online news site, News.va.

An American priest who survived cancer is seeking to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Blogger Archbishop Cranmer names and shames the 50 worst persecutors of Christians in the world.

Matthew Cantirino considers whether the European Union is a Catholic plot.

David Kerr and Alan Holdren discover what became of the Palatine Guard, the papal militia disbanded in 1970.

And James Heffernan suggests that the Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert has a better chance of being the next Pope than the next US President.

I was unable to post the Catholic must-reads yesterday because of problems with our website. Please accept my apologies.