Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/04/11

Italian Police and Coast Guard officers carry an injured refugee as he arrives on the Italian island of Lampedusa (CNS photo/Vincenzo Tersigni, Reuters)

Benedict XVI was “deeply moved” by the deaths of some 250 migrants whose boat capsized as they fled Libya, a Vatican spokesman has said.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has issued an open invitation to Catholic bloggers to a meeting at the Vatican on May 2.

The Pope has urged the bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church of India to provide “solid ongoing formation” for religious (full text, video).

There was a 40 per cent rise in the number of Catholics leaving the Church in Germany last year.

Maryknoll Fr Roy Bourgeois has said that he cannot accept the terms of an ultimatum issued by his order concerning his support for women priests.

The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland has renewed its criticism of the new English translation of the Missal, describing it as “unsuitable and unacceptable”.

Postulator Mgr Slawomir Oder has denied that the Cause of John Paul II is receiving “preferential treatment“.

A Muslim official in West Sumatra, Indonesia, has appealed for the protection of Catholics.

Fr Michael Scanlan is to retire as chancellor of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The talks of Fr Aidan Nichols OP at the recent Anglicanorum coetibus conference in Mississauga, Canada, are now online (audio).

Charles Camosy urges Catholics and atheists to “move away from isolating polarisation and intellectual laziness”.

Libby Edwards, a neopagan witch for 15 years, describes her conversion to Catholicism.

And James Preece welcomes the appearance of the complete works of St Thomas More online.