Today’s Catholic must-reads: 02/03/11

A plainclothes police officer examines the bullet-ridden car of Pakistan's Minister for religious minorities Shahbaz Bhatti (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has condemned the assassination of Pakistani Catholic cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti.

Benedict XVI described St Francis de Sales as a revolutionary figure at the general audience today (video).

The Papal Nuncio to Libya has appealed for aid for Eritreans who want to flee the country.

Attorney Jeffrey Lena has said that a US judge’s decision to allow a Mexican abuse lawsuit to proceed against Los Angeles archdiocese has no implications for efforts to sue the Vatican.

The Vatican has taken action against Dutch Bishop Cornelius Schilder who is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in Kenya.

Up to 60 Anglican clergy are expected to be ordained as Catholic priests in Australia and the Torres Strait by Pentecost.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver offers advice on building a “culture of life”.

And newly released statistics have revealed that Vatican City has only 32 female citizens.