Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/02/11

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Human beings can achieve perfection by “living as children of God fulfilling concretely his will”, Benedict XVI said during the Angelus address yesterday (full text).

Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin washed the feet of abuse victims during a service of lament and repentance for clerical abuse in Dublin yesterday (Cardinal O’Malley’s full address, Archbishop Martin’s full speech).

Some 15,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Tunis on Saturday after unknown assailants murdered a 34-year-old Polish priest in Tunisia.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found the popular Chilean priest Fr Fernando Karadima guilty of sexually abusing minors and ordered him to retire to a life of prayer and penitence.

The Cuban government has agreed to free seven more prisoners, the Church announced on Saturday.

A Syrian-Orthodox monastery that dates to the year 397 may be forced to close after the Turkish government claimed ownership of its land.

There were 1.18 billion baptised Catholics in 2009, an increase of 15 million on 2008, according to the 2011 Pontifical Yearbook presented to the Pope on Saturday (video).

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that families caring for elderly relatives deserve the support of society.

Southwest Ordinariate reports on the ordination of ordinariate priest Fr David Silk, the former Anglican Bishop of Ballarat in Australia.

The SSPX has published the first three parts of a major interview with superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Seth Williams, the Catholic district attorney responsible for the damning grand jury report on clerical abuse.

John Allen says that Egypt’s Christian leadership “may have some credibility to recover” following the departure of Hosni Mubarak.

Peter Kreeft defends the undercover video work of Live Action against its Catholic critics, as does Hadley Arkes.

Entertainment Weekly salutes Mother Dolores Hart, the “most unlikely” voting member of the Academy that chooses Oscar winners.

Headline Bistro notes that a film about young boy preparing to make his first Confession is competing for an Oscar on Sunday.

And a Spanish convent has reportedly expelled a nun for spending too much time on Facebook.