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Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/01/13

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

By on Thursday, 3 January 2013

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, opens a meeting with bishops (CNS)

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, opens a meeting with bishops (CNS)

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect for the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, has written a letter expressing “deep gratitude” to mothers of priests and seminarians.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will take part in a major pro-life walk in San Francisco on January 26.

Fr Alvaro Corcuera, general director of the Legion of Christ, was hospitalised in America on December 30, months after he took leave from his post for health reasons.

Dr Aaron Kheriaty and Mgr John Cihak discuss their new book on Catholics and depression.

Marc Barnes is puzzled by claims that Pope Benedict blessed a Ugandan politician leading efforts to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality.

Freddy Gray says that a recent study of spirituality and mental illness contains some good news for the Catholic Church.

And Peggy Noonan encounters a priest who uses an iPad in the confessional.

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