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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/03/12

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

By on Monday, 12 March 2012

At least 10 people were killed when a suicide car bomb exploded outside a Catholic church in Jos, Nigeria, during Sunday Mass yesterday.

Benedict XVI said that “violence is contrary to the Kingdom of God” and is “a tool of the Antichrist” in his Angelus address yesterday.

The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrated Vespers in the church of St Gregory in Rome on Saturday (full text of Benedict XVI’s address, full text of Dr Rowan Williams’s address).

The Catholic Church continued to grow in 2010, according to the 2012 Annuario Pontificio, presented to Pope Benedict on Saturday.

A businessman who was murdered in 1990 for opposing witchcraft could become South Africa’s first saint (home page of Cause).

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has established a church in Ramsgate, Kent, as a shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury.

Fr Ray Blake reflects on reactions to the letter opposing same-sex marriage read out in some churches in England and Wales at the weekend.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney says that two Australian academics “opened abortion’s last frontier” when they published a paper advocating “after-birth abortion”.

Fr Federico Lombardi marks the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

And papal biographer George Weigel hails Queen Elizabeth II as “a genuine Christian who is not afraid to bear witness to the truth of Christ”.