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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/03/12

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

By on Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Pope arrives to celebrate Mass in Revolution Square, Santiago de Cuba

The Pope arrives to celebrate Mass in Revolution Square, Santiago de Cuba

Pope Benedict has urged Cubans to create “open and renewed society” at a Mass attended by 200,000 people in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba (full text, video).

The Vatican has cancelled a Pontifical Academy for Life conference following criticism that it included supporters of embryonic stem-cell research.

The district superior of the Society of St Pius X in Germany has said that there are now “legitimate hopes for a satisfactory solution” to the dispute between the SSPX and the Holy See.

Rocco Palmo reports on the first day of the landmark trial of a Philadelphia archdiocese official accused of failing to protect children from clerical abuse.

John Allen says that Pope Benedict gave a distinctive “new twist to pro-life rhetoric” during his trip to Mexico.

Stephanie Mencimer argues that the US bishops received a major blow last Friday when a federal judge “essentially validated the Obama administration’s position” on contraception.

Doug Bandow welcomes the publication of a list of the top 50 worst persecutors of Christians in the world (full list).

And Vatican Radio discovers how the Cuban crocodile blessed by Pope Benedict at a general audience is coping with life in Havana zoo.