Morning Catholic must-reads
The Spanish senate has approved a sweeping new law liberalising abortion.
The Pope meditated on penance yesterday at the mid-way point of his Lenten retreat.
Cardinal Walter Kasper has sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, marking the patriarch’s 70th birthday.
An image of Jesus holding a beer and a cigarette is creating tensions between Christians and Hindu fundamentalists in India.
Spanish journalist Manuel Lozano Garrido will be beatified on June 12.
Nashville is to get its first married Catholic priest.
George Weigel says Russia’s regional ambitions could present a great challenge to the Holy See’s diplomats.
Aggie Catholics explores the rise of Catholic “mega-parishes” in America.
Kevin Clarke asks if the last Christian in the Middle East will turn out the lights.
Christopher Tollefsen says the critics of home-schooling need to be tutored about the nature of education and the family.
Rome Reports profiles John Paul II’s friend, Wanda Poltawska (video).
The Times interviews Jessica Hausner, the director of new film about Lourdes.
And traditionalist Catholic priest Fr Seán Finnegan explains why he loves the Church of England.