Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/03/11

An evacuee mother receives emergency food aid at the evacuation centre set up at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai has thanked Catholics for their prayers and donations following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People is raising money for victims of the disaster in Japan.

A thousand young people have attended Mass at a chapel in Complutense University, Madrid, following anti-Catholic protest there.

The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land have launched a new website.

Economist Philip Booth argues that the Church should recognise that, in the wrong political environment, aid can do “significant harm”.

George Weigel argues that the insights of Leo XIII shouldn’t be applied naively to unionised public-sector workers today.

Samuel Gregg contrasts Benedict XVI and Hans Küng.

Deacon Greg Kandra compares Fr John Corapi and Padre Pio.

Jimmy Akin explains why you can eat meat this Friday.

And Mgr Robert Vitillio, Caritas Internationalis special adviser on HIV and Aids, remembers the day he met Elizabeth Taylor.