Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/10/10

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur/

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that living the virtues will help Britons to survive the effects of the banking crisis and austerity measures.

“Scientists do not create the world; they learn about it and attempt to imitate it,” Benedict XVI told members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences yesterday (full text)

A Jesuit priest has gone on hunger strike in Venezuela in protest at the treatment of the Yukpa people.

An unknown assailant has shot dead a 48-year-old Brazilian priest in the city of Sao Luis do Curu.

The Scottish Church is facing a £800,000 ($1,300,000, €900,000) shortfall following the papal visit in September.

The Vatican has issued a message to Hindus to mark the festival of Diwali (full text).

Zenit has published the full text of Benedict XVI’s recent address on the German theologian Erik Peterson.

Dr Graham Kings, the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne, suggests that the true successor of Cardinal Newman is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

And leaked extracts from George W Bush’s memoir have prompted renewed speculation that he is a “closet Catholic“.