Morning Catholic must-reads
The Vatican will unveil a new worldwide zero-tolerance approach to abuse in the autumn or earlier, says Rome Reports (video).
The bishops of Malta have issued a statement on child abuse ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit on April 17 (audio).
The image of the Catholic church is virtually in ruins, one of Africa’s most senior churchmen has said.
Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, has defended his paper’s coverage of the scandal.
Fr Federico Lombardi has denied claims that Benedict XVI blocked an investigation into Fr Maciel.
A Chinese bishop has been placed under house arrest for refusing to concelebrate Mass with a state-approved bishop.
A renewal of Christianity is desperately needed, says Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan.
Bishop James Conley says he “learned from direct, first-hand experience that Benedict XVI is truly a man of God, a gift to the Church and a shepherd after the heart of the Good Shepherd”.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart criticises the Church over abuse in his characteristic style (video).
And an exhibition about the Turin Shroud will go on display at Westminster Cathedral from this Sunday.