Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/07/10

Vatican Radio towers are seen in a suburb north of Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican will soon publish an expert opinion on whether Vatican Radio’s transmission facilities outside Rome are causing cancer among local residents, Fr Federico Lombardi has said.

Catholic leaders in Sudan have reportedly joined other religious leaders in urging the southern Sudanese to vote for independence.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has called for a “truth commission” to investigate crimes against the environment.

The New York Times reports on the death of Fr Henryk Jankowski, the Polish Solidarity priest.

Archbishop Kurt Koch, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sets out his plan for reinvigorating ecumenism.

Mgr Ignacio Carrasco, the new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, gives an interview to Zenit.

Joe Carter, web editor of First Things, reflects on the experience of accompanying his mother during her final days.

And art critic Jonathan Jones ponders the enigma of “The Virgin of the Rocks”, the masterpiece attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.