Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/01/12

Benedict XVI releases a dove at the end of yesterday's Angelus (AP)

For man authority means power but for God it means service, Benedict XVI said at yesterday’s Angelus, after which he released a reluctant dove (full text, video).

The Pope has paid tribute to former Italian president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, who died at the weekend, calling him “an illustrious Catholic statesman”.

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, has described the Obama administration official Kathleen Sebelius as “a bitter fallen-away Catholic” following her ruling on contraception coverage.

Senior Austrian bishops met Vatican officials last week to discuss the “Appeal to Disobedience” launched by Austrian priests, Vatican Insider reports.

Bishops from England and Wales celebrated a Mass at the Venerable English College in Rome yesterday marking the college’s 650th anniversary.

Christopher Howse celebrates the genius of the woman who may be declared a Doctor of the Church in October.

Andrea Galli profiles Fr Marcelo Rossi, the priest leading a charismatic revival among Brazilian Catholics.

And a new website, Why I’m Catholic, is gathering a collection of powerful conversion stories.