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This morning’s Catholic must-reads

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Welcome to the first “morning Catholic must reads of 2010”. Here are some articles that are worth checking out today:

Pope Benedict XVI says true Christian hope doesn’t depend on good economic forecasts (video here).

The Pope’s personal secretary has visited the woman who knocked the Pontiff to the ground at Midnight Mass.

Pope Benedict’s pastoral letter to Irish Catholics is likely to appear before Lent. Meanwhile, he has sent a letter of condolence following the death of Cardinal Cahal Daly.

The leader of the Taizé Community has urged 30,000 young people to draw on tradition to find new expressions for their faith.

A small parish church in Middlesbrough is putting the Benedictine liturgical reform into practice.

Two new priests have joined the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

Rocco Palmo highlights five big Catholic stories to follow in 2010. And, if you feel like looking back, Headline Bistro names the top 10 Catholic stories of 2009 and Aggie Catholics hails the top 12 Catholic bloggers of last year.

US Catholic has published an in-depth account of the investigation of American women religious.

Peter Steinfels has written his last Beliefs column for the New York Times.

The Mirror of Justice hosted a lively spat between Robert George and Cathleen Kaveny over the Christmas holidays.

Fr Uwem Akpan SJ has a new short story in the New Yorker called “Baptising the Gun”.

And the Pope’s address to the Roman Curia last month is finally available in English.


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