Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/05/11

Pope Benedict on a gondola ride in Venice yesterday (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Benedict XVI urged the people of Venice to remember their historic role as a bridge between cultures during a Mass in the city yesterday (photos).

The Pope began his two-day trip to north-eastern Italy with a trip to the ancient Roman port city of Aquileia (video).

The Coptic Orthodox community in Egypt is reeling after at least 12 people were killed, 232 injured and two churches set ablaze in Cairo at the weekend.

Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, has warned western leaders not to encourage the revolutions sweeping the Middle East.

Archbishop-elect George Stack has said that he will consider learning Welsh in his new role as Archbishop of Cardiff.

Patricia Zapor reports on a conference celebrating the 120th anniversary of the encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Dylan Parry reports on a preliminary meeting to establish a guild of Catholic bloggers in Britain.

Maeve McCormack hails the Catholic Church’s contribution to education in Britain.

John Thavis previews a momentous general assembly of Caritas Internationalis later this month.

Samuel Gregg argues that commentators are not working hard enough to understand Pope Benedict.

John Allen worries that Cardinal Angelo Sodano may be the face of the Catholic Church during the next papal interregnum.

Military chaplain Col Robert Marciano reflects on the death of Osama bin Laden.

And US Marine Giuseppe Ambrose considers what Benedict XVI’s love of Fanta tells us about the Pope.