Today’s Catholic must-reads: 06/04/11

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves at the end of the general audience this morning (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI dedicated this morning’s general audience to St Thérèse of Lisieux, the French Doctor of the Church (video).

A leading British astrophysicist has won this year’s Templeton Prize.

A sociologist has claimed that four million Mexicans left the Church between 2000 and 2010, a rate of 1,000 a day.

Angela Hanley argues that the new English translation of the Missal represents a “naked abuse of power”.

George Weigel says it is no accident that attacks on the Church are increasing in Spain ahead of World Youth Day.

Fr Ray Blake refines his idea for a “Court of Israel” to address disputes among Catholics.

And Laurence England suggests we take up some saintly habits for Lent, such as drinking rainwater from old boots and jumping into thorn bushes.