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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/08/12

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

By on Thursday, 9 August 2012

Paolo Gabriele travels in the Popemobile in May (CNS)

The Vatican will announce on Monday whether papal butler Paolo Gabriele will stand trial for the alleged theft of confidential documents.

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has said that an alleged incident in which a rebel priest gave Holy Communion to a dog is “an abomination“.

A Mexican priest who has received death threats for denouncing drug cartels has accused his superiors of seeking to derail his work with migrants from Central America.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has given his backing to bishops leading the fight against a health bill subsidising contraception in the Philippines.

Researchers have discovered an early silent film version of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel Quo Vadis in the Vatican’s vaults.

Fr Ulrich Dobhan marks the 70th anniversary of the death of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) at Auschwitz (audio).

Ann Carey argues that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is making journalists’ lives difficult at its assembly in St Louis.

Vittorio Messori introduces Italian priest Mgr Nicola Bux’s new book on Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms.

Mary Kenny says it may be too soon to declare the end of Catholic Ireland. Stephen Hough responds.

And Marshall Connolly explains how you can view the “Catholic meteor shower” known as “the tears of St Lawrence” on Saturday night.

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