Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/03/11

Egyptian Christian Romani Girgis sells Coptic religious goods in his shop in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Six Coptic Christians have been shot dead and at least 45 injured in clashes with Muslims in Cairo, according to local sources.

China is considering relaxing its notorious one-child policy.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said that he is failing in his attempts to reform the Irish Church.

Indian Archbishop Leo Cornelio has told officials that he is opposed to plans to rename the city of Bhopal.

The Vatican has named Francesco De Pasquale, an expert on money laundering, as the first director of its new Financial Information Authority.

Phil Lawler says that the only solution to the clerical abuse crisis is the appointment of “bishops who are worthy of the public trust”.

George Weigel explains why he is sceptical of reports that Rome and Moscow are on the verge of a historic rapprochement.

John Allen says that There Be Dragons, a film about the founder of Opus Dei, “could stir the same sort of ferment” as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says that the fasting, prayer and almsgiving of Lent have “a very important purpose“.

And Fr James Martin SJ explains why a Jewish friend has chosen his Lenten sacrifice for the last 25 years.