Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/08/10

The Priests perform during the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The Priests, a trio of clerics from Northern Ireland, are to are to sing at a key event during Pope Benedict XVI’s state visit to Britain.

Herald Scotland reports that thousands of Scotland’s Catholics are returning tickets for the papal Mass in Glasgow.

Martin Beckford admires the official merchandise for the papal visit to Britain.

The Vatican has condemned the recent decision by US regulators to begin using embryonic stem cells in clinical tests on humans.

Thousands of young altar servers have arrived in Rome for the 10th European servers’ pilgrimage.

The BBC suggests that bone fragments of St John the Baptist appear to have been found in Bulgaria.

Rocco Palmo profiles Fr Joseph Tobin, the new secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

A British soldier in Afghanistan says he was saved from death by his rosary, just as his great-grandfather was during World War II.

Catholic social activist Tsuneo Kondo calls for greater understanding of addiction in Japan.

And J Peter Nixon wonders if there’s a parallel between the row over the “Ground Zero mosque” and the dispute over the Carmelite community at Auschwitz.