Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI offers a blessing from the window of his apartment (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI called for “an end to hostility and prejudice” against Christians in Europe in his World Peace Day message released yesterday (video, full text).

Catholics and Lutherans have taken significant steps towards unity, Pope Benedict said when he met members of the Lutheran World Federation yesterday (full text).

The Pope has chosen Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, as the new nuncio for Great Britain.

Barrister Neil Addison reacts to yesterday’s European Court of Human Rights ruling on Ireland’s abortion laws.

George Weigel looks at the state of the debate on the Pope, condoms and Aids.

And Archbishop Timothy Dolan praises Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.