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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/03/13

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

By on Friday, 1 March 2013

The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict flies past St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict flies past St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The conclave is likely to begin no later than Monday March 11, reports John Allen.

A UK Supreme Court ruling yesterday on liability for clerical abuse could lead to a “big spike in compensation claims” against the Catholic Church, says the Guardian.

Three of Scotland’s eight dioceses are now awaiting bishops and further retirements are imminent, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

American Bishop Robert Vasa has asked teachers in his Diocese of Santa Rosa to sign a contract affirming that they will uphold Church teaching.

Bookmaker Paddy Power is expecting to receive at least £4.6m (€5m, $7m) in bets on the next pope.

Evangelical Brian Stiller urges Protestants to consider “rejoining ‘Mother’ Rome” under the next pope.

And former Episcopalian priest Taylor Marshall explains how attending a Mass celebrated by Benedict XVI changed his life forever.

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