Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/11

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the faithful at the end of the Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Benedict XVI spoke for the first time in public about the beatification of John Paul II during the Angelus yesterday, describing it as a joyous occasion for the whole Church (full text, video).

Rome is bracing itself for some two million pilgrims on May 1, the day of John Paul II’s beatification.

The Pope will demonstrate his support for the Neocatechumenal Way today when he welcomes the movement’s leaders in a public audience.

The Pope has named Werner Arber as the first-ever non-Catholic head of the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences.

Zenit publishes the full text of Pope Benedict’s strongly worded address to the mayor of Rome.

Benedict XVI told an ecumenical delegation from Finland on Saturday that prayer is the key to Christian unity (video).

An Egyptian court has sentenced a man to death for killing six Copts and a Muslim police officer at a Christmas Mass in January 2010.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Vatican’s chief ecumenist, has sent a message of support to the Coptic community of Rome.

The creation of the world’s first ordinariate for groups of ex-Anglicans on Saturday has prompted comment from Fr Stephen Wang, the Catholic League, Peter Stanford, the Observer, the Rt Rev Edwin Barnes, Archbishop Cranmer, Damian Thompson, Fr John Hunwicke and Fr Timothy Finigan.

Fr Jeremy Driscoll OSB, an adviser to the Vox Clara Committee, explains why there is a new English translation of the Mass.

And Fr Robert Barron sees a theological subtext in the Coen brothers’ new film, True Grit (video).