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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/02/12

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

By on Tuesday, 21 February 2012

His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (AP)

His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (AP)

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has urged Catholics around the world to fast for peace in the Middle East in Lent.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has welcomed the creation of the Coalition for Marriage, a movement opposing plans to introduce same-sex marriage in Britain.

A judge in England has spared a teenager a possible seven-year jail sentence for assault with intent to rob after he appeared in court holding a rosary, the Daily Mail reports.

Mormon broadcaster Glenn Beck explains why he is supporting the US bishops’ stand on the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

David O’Reilly of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that Archbishop Charles Chaput is emerging as a “warrior-bishop“.

And the makers of Confession: A Roman Catholic App have unveiled a new app encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary throughout the day (link to iTunes).