Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/09/10

Pope Benedict XVI pictured in the Popemobile in Portugal in May (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

The BBC reports that the Popemobile will be driven through Birmingham, as well as in London and Edinburgh.

Ian Paisley has urged the British Government to cancel the Pope’s state visit.

A blind activist who exposed forced abortions in China has been freed from jail.

Christopher West, the promoter of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, is preparing to respond to critics following his sabbatical.

Stephen Glover suggests that it is those who oppose Pope Benedict’s state visit who are the “real bigots“.

Damian Thompson is dismayed by Peter Tatchell’s Channel 4 documentary attacking the Pope.

Conrad Black says John Henry Newman’s greatness transcends religion.

And a Muslim stonemason who spent nearly four decades helping to restore a Catholic cathedral in France has been immortalised as a winged gargoyle peering out from its façade.