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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/10/12

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

By on Monday, 22 October 2012

Tapestries of the seven new saints hang from St Peter's yesterday (AP)

Tapestries of the seven new saints hang from St Peter's yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI canonised seven new saints on Sunday, including the first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha (full text, video).

Parts of Lourdes will reopen this morning after the shrine suffered the worst flooding in 30 years (photos, video).

Gunmen have kidnapped three priests in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

A mob forced its way into a Catholic school in Spain last week, shouting: “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake.

Fr Federico Lombardi suggests that the new evangelisation will be led by “the saints of our time”.

Andrea Tornielli says that Archbishop Joseph Tobin is just the latest Vatican official to suffer “promotion-removal” under Pope Benedict.

And Fr John Zuhlsdorf explains why a new item of papal clothing at yesterday’s canonisation Mass set the Catholic blogosphere alight.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Kevin

    The first native American saint was Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, who was canonised in 1975.

  • James H

    Maybe I’m just daft, but I read Fr Z’s blog, and I still don’t get it – why is the Fanon significant? I can appreciate that it’s bringing some old items out of the kist, but how will that help evangelise people?

  • Iangowans

    When shall we see the stripping of his papal knighthhod from the paedophile Savile?