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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/11/12

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

By on Thursday, 8 November 2012

The statue of Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio de Janeiro (AP)

The statue of Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio de Janeiro (AP)

A government-backed truth commission in Brazil has said it will investigate the Church’s links to the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985.

The Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, is expected to be appointed Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow, succeeding Dr Rowan Williams.

The Vatican has made another key appointment to its Financial Information Authority.

A man is suing the Catholic Church in New York state for $3m (£1.8m, €2.4m) after a falling crucifix led to the amputation of his leg.

Russell Shaw argues that President Barack Obama’s re-election will create a “two-pronged crisis” for the American Catholic Church.

Samuel Gregg suggests that that Pope Benedict “significantly upped the ante” on interfaith relations last month – and hardly anyone noticed.

And Andrew Hamilton urges Christians not to get competitive about which religion is the most persecuted in the world.

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