Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/01/10

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI suggested that St Joan of Arc is a good role model for lay people in public life at his general audience yesterday (full text, video).

The Courtyard of the Gentiles, a Vatican-sponsored forum for believers and non-believers, will be inaugurated on March 24 at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

A congress organised by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers has praised the “strong sense of religiosity” at circuses.

The Diocese of Westminster has announced the closure of All Saints Pastoral Centre, a major centre for retreats and conferences.

Melbourne auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott says it will be harder to establish a personal ordinariate in Australia than in Britain.

Elizabeth Drescher asks whether the Pope has embraced the “digital Reformation”.

Paul Sims, news editor of the New Humanist, reports on the latest round of discussions between Catholics and Humanists in London and asks whether the talks are worthwhile.

New Straits Times profiles a “super cool Jesuit“.

Peter Berger wonders whether aliens are tainted by Original Sin.

And Matthew Archbold recounts the 11 strangest things he’s ever heard in church.