Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/11

Eduardo Verastegui with the award for Outstanding Performance of a Lead Latino Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2008 ALMA Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Hollywood actor Eduardo Verástegui has announced that he is to build the largest pro-life women’s clinic in the United States.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu has urged the Ugandan government to hold talks with the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.

Benedict XVI has invited parents whose children have died to not allow themselves to be “conquered by despair and despondency”.

EWTN has bought the National Catholic Register from the Legion of Christ.

Wilfrid Sheed, the son of Frank Sheed and Maisie Ward, has died aged 80.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, explains why he was unimpressed by President Barack Obama’s widely praised speech in Tucson.

Phil Lawler says the controversial 1997 letter from the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland is no “smoking gun” but is damaging nevertheless. David Gibson agrees.

Fr Dwight Longenecker says that the new English Mass translation sounds “like an eighth grader trying to write Shakespeare”.

Sandro Magister explores why the Japanese bishops are opposed to the Neocatechumenal Way.

George Weigel wonders why Catholics chat incessantly at Mass.

And Foreign Policy assures readers that the Knights of Malta do not in fact run the world.