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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 31/01/12

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

By on Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan has accused the Obama administration of making “an unprecedented incursion into freedom of conscience” in an article for the Wall Street Journal.

A group representing 20,000 African women religious in eight countries has launched its first ever strategic plan.

A 71-year-old Frenchman is taking the Church to court after it refused to remove him from its baptismal records.

A judge has ruled that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, the former Archbishop of Philadelphia who suffers from dementia, is competent to be questioned in court about clerical sex abuse.

A Medical Mission Sister in Pakistan has said that “both government and doctors are responsible for loss of lives” after some 100 patients died following treatment at a state-run hospital.

Fr Robert Barron says that the Obama administration’s recent ruling on contraception coverage shows that the secular state is seeking to impose its morality on the Church (video).

And Mark Shea names 10 websites that every Catholic should know about.