Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/05/11

Pope Benedict XVI began a new cycle of catechesis dedicated to prayer at his general audience today (video).

The National Council of Priests of Australia has condemned Benedict XVI’s decision to remove Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba (full text). Fr Anthony Ruff supports them.

Jim Caviezel has claimed that he was shunned by Hollywood after playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.

The Catholic News Service reports on the 150-strong Catholic community in Abbotabbad, the city where Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday.

Michael O’Loughlin notes that US Vice President Joseph Biden prayed the rosary as he watched the operation in Abbotabbad at the White House.

Moral theologian Charles Camosy asks if there’s an official Catholic teaching on brain death.

Peter Scally SJ considers whether British Catholics should vote for a new voting system in a nationwide referendum tomorrow.

And the Guardian reports on an Italian bishop turning heads with Giorgio Armani vestments.