Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/11/10

Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the faithful during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pope Benedict dedicated his general audience today to the French Carthusian Marguerite d’Oingt (video).

The Catholic Church will open its first new seminary in Cuba today.

Following the midterm elections John Boehner will become the second Catholic Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard’s former spokesman has accused the Belgian leader of being a “loose cannon”.

The leader of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels, has paid for the construction of a chapel in honour of John Paul II.

Sanctity is the goal of every Christian, the Pope said before praying the Angelus on the Solemnity of All Saints on Monday (full text, video).

Benedict XVI prayed at the tomb of John Paul II and other popes on the Feast of All Souls yesterday (video).

And singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has said he is grateful for his Catholic upbringing.