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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/02/12

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

By on Monday, 20 February 2012

Jesus “grants healing and life in body and soul in response to faith“, Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday (video).

Pope Benedict created 22 new cardinals at a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday (full text, full list of titular or diaconate churches, video).

Preaching at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday morning, the Pope told the new cardinals that their new status requires “an additional readiness to be of service to Christ” (full text, video).

The Pope will canonise Marianne Cope of Molokai and six others at a ceremony on October 21, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

Archbishop Charles Brown, the new apostolic nuncio to Ireland, said on Sunday that Benedict XVI has been “relentless and consistent” in tackling clerical abuse.

Sister Mary Liliane Mapalayi, a 32-year-old Sister of Charity of Jesus and Mary, was stabbed in the heart on February 2 as post-election violence swept the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Canada’s supreme court has ruled that Catholic pupils in Quebec must take a controversial course on “ethics and religious culture”.

Eric Marrapodi argues that Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s red hat cements his position as “America’s top Catholic”.

And Fr Dwight Longenecker predicts that two vibrant forms of Christianity will emerge in the United States while others fade away.