Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/02/11

Fr Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, speaks at a conference in Madrid in 2001 (CNS photo/J L Pino, EFE)

The Legion of Christ has created an “outreach commission” to address the claims of those affected by the conduct of its founder, Fr Marcial Maciel.

A nun in Kenya has died after she reportedly set herself on fire following her expulsion from her order.

Pupils at a Catholic college in England have staged a mass walkout after teachers told off two girls for linking arms.

Benedict XVI has honoured an American rabbi with the Benemerenti.

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, has urged Catholics to show more love to leprosy sufferers.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame have paid tribute to the man who left them a rare baseball card that raised $220,000 (£136,000, €160,000) for their work.

Kathryn Joyce suggests that demographic shifts may be creating “a new set of scenarios for abuse within the Catholic Church”.

And a Buddhist denomination in South Korea is using the life of a Catholic missionary to Sudan to inspire its members.