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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/06/12

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

By on Friday, 15 June 2012

Pope Benedict greets José Graziano da Silva yesterday (CNS)

Pope Benedict greets José Graziano da Silva yesterday (CNS)

José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), discussed “the worrying situation of world food security” with Benedict XVI yesterday (video).

A spokesman for Opus Dei has welcomed reports that the Vatican is offering the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) a personal prelature, a structure that is currently unique to Opus Dei.

The Irish Times says that Cardinal Timothy Dolan expressed concern about “the atmosphere, structure, staffing and guiding philosophy” of the Irish College in Rome in his visitation report.

Eight of the top 10 grammar schools in Northern Ireland are Catholic, the Irish News has found.

A Sri Lankan politician has written to the Pope, urging him to ensure the safety of a bishop who called for an independent investigation of alleged war crimes during the country’s civil war.

Vatican official Mgr Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda has claimed that the professional sports world is being “choked by the market, which is suffocating the values promoted through sport“.

Sandro Magister offers a “who’s who” of bishops recently deposed by the Vatican.

David Gibson reveals the issue that has “prompted the most intense soul-searching” at the US bishops’ plenary meeting in Atlanta.

And the American bishops have posted an e–book edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church online in preparation for the Year of Faith (full text).

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