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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/03/12

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

By on Monday, 26 March 2012

Crowds surround the Pope as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Silao (CNS)

Crowds surround the Pope as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Silao (CNS)

Benedict XVI has said that he has “never been welcomed with such enthusiasm” on a foreign trip as he prepares to leave Mexico after a four-day visit to the country (full texts, videos).

The Vietnamese government has denied visas to a Vatican delegation seeking to investigate the Cause of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.

A landmark case in Philadelphia in which an archdiocesan official is accused of protecting abusive priests will begin today.

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow has accused politicians of attempting to “recreate society” by legalising same-sex marriage.

Rocco Palmo previews the Pope’s trip to Cuba.

Mary Eberstadt argues that concern about the impact of the sexual revolution “isn’t just a Catholic thing”.

Fr Tim Finigan is delighted by the opening of the first shrine church in Britain dedicated to the Extraordinary Form.

And Kathy Schiffer argues that just because Benedict XVI has used a cane for the first time in public that doesn’t mean he is about to retire.