Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/08/11

World Youth Day pilgrims explore Madrid (Mazur/

World Youth Day officially began this morning as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims registered for the event in Madrid (photo gallery).

Members of Jersey’s Polish community have attended Mass following the murder of six people on the island off the coast of France.

Benedict XVI marked the feast of the Assumption at Castel Gandolfo yesterday.

Fr Matthew Gamber SJ explains how his group of 53 pilgrims from America has prepared for World Youth Day and Sara Angle wades through her WYD backpack.

Kevin Birnbaum tells the stories of three pro-lifers who have recently crossed the Tiber.

Fr Christopher Smith considers why seminaries are afraid of the Extraordinary Form.

Cardinal Raymond Burke praises Fr John Harvey, founder of the Courage apostolate.

Fritz Bauerschmidt offers a partial defence of the archetypal Fr Talk Show Host.

And Tim Drake marvels at a 75ft yellow inflatable rosary floating over Chicago.