Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/03/11

Benedict XVI receives the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina yesterday (AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, Pool)

Lent calls us to convert our hearts to God, Benedict XVI said yesterday when he received the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (full text, video).

Fasting, almsgiving and prayer have proven to be effective tools for conversion, the Pope said yesterday at the general audience (video).

Ignatius Press has released a trailer for the Pope’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth Part Two, which is released today.

Apostolic Visitator Mother Mary Clare Millea has announced that on-site visits of American women’s religious orders are now over (press release).

Rocco Palmo scans the list of 21 priests placed on administrative leave in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough says it is easier to become a Catholic in England today than it was a few decades ago.

Singer Susan Boyle is supporting the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) for Lent in memory of her mother.

And Steven Greydanus applauds Of Gods and Men and then summarises it, in plainchant, in 30 seconds (video).