Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/07/10

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI said he was praying for those who died at the music festival in Duisburg at the Angelus yesterday (video).

Parishes in Birmingham archdiocese will pick names “from a hat” to decide who goes to the Newman beatification Mass.

Kenyan Catholic leaders are urging the faithful to vote “no” in the referendum on a new constitution on August 4.

Cardinal Odilo Scherer of São Paulo has backed the Pope’s decision to create the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation.

Thousands of Irish pilgrims completed the traditional Croagh Patrick climb yesterday (audio).

In his weekly editorial Fr Federico Lombardi reflected on how the Pope is spending his holiday.

Archbishop André Lacrampe of Besançon joined cyclists during the Tour de France last week.

One of the most senior females in the Roman Curia has called for wider recognition of women in the Church.

Leading Catholic figures discuss “the future of Catholicism” at the invitation of Patheos.

Robert Colquhoun wonders what a Catholic Grindr would look like.

And an order of Benedictine nuns have signed a major record deal with the company behind Lady Gaga.