Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/01/11

Pope Benedict XVI looks at a white dove that was freed at the end of the Angelus prayer yesterday (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

The Beatitudes offer a “new programme of life“, Benedict XVI said during his Angelus address yesterday (full text, video).

A parish priest in Turkey has urged the authorities to hold a “fair trial that establishes the truth” about the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese last June.

B92 reports that Vatican City had the highest per capita crime rate in the world last year.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has thanked Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Britain, for his decade of service as Nuncio to Russia.

The rector of SS Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona, has urged parishioners to receive Communion on the tongue.

Benjamin Mann wonders what the future holds for the Copts of Egypt.

John Allen suggests that the Catholic Church may be entering “a season of major reform regarding money management”.

Brother Stephen Treat says that there are now 76 groups of Anglicans seeking full communion under the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus.

Elizabeth Hansen takes an in-depth look at the Courtyard of the Gentiles project.

Stephen Greydanus says that The Rite offers the most realistic depiction of exorcism in Hollywood history.

And you can now prepare for Confession with a new iPhone and iPad app.