Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/08/10

The faithful greet Pope Benedict XVI during the Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope Benedict expressed “great satisfaction” at the Angelus yesterday as a ban on cluster bombs came into effect (audio).

BBC staff have threatened to blackout the Pope’s visit to Britain in a dispute over pensions, the Mirror claims.

Fifteen Catholic-minded bishops of the Church of England have written a letter to clergy expressing regret at the recent Synod vote on women bishops.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols has suggested the Coalition will take a more pragmatic approach to the Catholic Church than the previous Labour government.

The Vatican spokesman has commented on the decision to charge those who will attend the big open-air Masses in Britain.

The clerical abuse crisis has led to a dramatic fall in the number of priestly vocations, the president of the German bishops’ conference has said.

Fr Lawrence Boadt, the biblical scholar who promoted understanding between Christians and Jews, has died aged 67.

Claudia McDonnell meets the Salesians in Haiti as they rebuild their ministry after the earthquake.

Kevin Clarke looks ahead to Benedict XVI’s fourth encyclical on faith.

The second volume of Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth will provoke “a great conversation about modern biblical scholarship”, reports Edward Pentin.

Fr Federico Lombardi reflects on the future of the Catholic Church in China.

John Allen wonders whether the Church will be able to influence this Wednesday’s vote on the new Kenyan constitution.

Zenit reports that John Paul II is continuing to inspire vocations five years after his death.

Mulier Fortis detects growing excitement about the papal visit to Britain.

And the New Liturgical Movement blog has just celebrated its fifth birthday.