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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 10/10/12

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By on Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pope Benedict waves as he leaves this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Benedict waves as he leaves this morning's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI recalled his personal memories of Vatican II at his general audience this morning on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Council (full text, video).

The Vatican has released short extracts from the third and final volume of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth trilogy (video).

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops in Rome yesterday that Confession is “the primary sacrament of the new evangelisation” (video).

Egyptian authorities have released two Coptic Christian boys accused of desecrating the Koran after the case against them collapsed.

Fr Ray Blake suggests that new CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller “intends to do something” about Masses for gay Catholics in London.

Steven Hepburn marks the 30th anniversary of the canonisation of Auschwitz martyr St Maximilian Kolbe.

And Fr Tim Finigan welcomes the return of former Church of England priest Fr John Hunwicke to the Catholic blogosphere.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CRH4TY6WXAV3RSRDQORWE34CQ4 steven

    People might be interested to see the original of my article about St Maximilian Kolbe on my blog http://catholicscot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/witness-to-hope.html

  • Nat_ons

    ‘Fr Ray Blake suggests that new CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller “intends to do something” about Masses for gay Catholics in London.’

    This whole fiasco has been a dereliction of duty from bishop, to priests, to community, and I doubt the CDF – even under a forthright overseer – would do much to restore it to anything like a divine (rather than a human) purpose.

    Without doubt the Church has been woeful in offering effective pastoral care to these much maligned and deeply faithful souls – so greatly in need of a sincere welcome outside the hedonist, socio-political-activist, It’s-My-Life-I’ll-Do-What-I-Want way of the world. In fact what has been offered at these services is not pastoral care or the Mass, but that very same way of the world – dressed up in Catholic garb. And among the many blots on Archbishop Nichols reign this is one of gravest mistakes; his heart may be in the right place, but clearly his mind is still not fullly engaged .. with the Catholic Faith.