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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/06/12

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

By on Wednesday, 27 June 2012

A child waits to greet the Pope at the end of today's general audience (AP)

A child waits to greet the Pope at the end of today's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience this morning to the “Christological hymn” in St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (video, full text of English remarks).

The Pope met victims of two recent earthquakes during a visit to the Italian region of Emilia Romagna yesterday (video).

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, has told Vatican Cardinal William Levada that he cannot sign the Holy See’s doctrinal preamble, a leaked letter has disclosed.

Mohammed Mursi, the president-elect of Egypt, met the country’s Christian leaders today, promising them that his administration will protect the rights of all Egyptians.

Members of the board of the Institute for Works of Religion met yesterday to discuss the qualities required of the successor of ousted Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi.

The Vatican has named the metropolitan archbishops who will receive the pallium in a revised rite in Rome this Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II made a historic first visit to a Catholic church in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Gary Krupp, founder of the Pave The Way Foundation, says that supporters of Pope Pius XII are “definitely winning” the battle over his wartime actions.

Phil Lawler argues that media adviser Greg Burke will bring a “distinctly American sense of openness and accessibility” to the Roman Curia.

Christopher Morrissey offers a beginner’s guide to the music of St Hildegard of Bingen, who will be proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on October 7.

George Weigel savours an obsequious letter from “hypersecularist” Voltaire to Pope Benedict XIV from the Vatican Secret Archives.

And 40 head teachers from the English Diocese of Arundel and Brighton are making a pilgrimage to Rome to renew their commitment to Catholic education.

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