Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/02/11

Pope Benedict XVI looks at a gift of a gold and ivory thurible, given to him by Lebanese president Michel Suleiman yesterday (AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, pool)

Lebanon is a model of Christian-Muslim co-existence, Pope Benedict told the country’s president Michel Suleiman yesterday

Italian police have arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Benedict XVI.

The Pope blessed the Torch of St Benedict on Wednesday before its first visit to Britain.

The Vatican published the programme of Pope Benedict’s trip to San Marino on June 19 yesterday.

Journalist Simon Caldwell says that the second part of the Pope’s book Jesus of Nazareth contains an “incendiary” international news story.

Ignatius Press has launched a new website,, which includes the contents page of the new book.

Phil Lawler wonders if Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has been reading his work on the abuse crisis.

Elizabeth Lev offers an early verdict on There Be Dragons, Roland Joffé’s film about the life of Opus Dei founder St Josemaría Escrivá.

Church leaders in the Philippines have expressed dismay at a new statue of Cardinal Jaime Sin, which they say looks nothing like the late Archbishop of Manila.

And a nun in Connecticut has celebrated her 103rd birthday by dancing the polka (video).