Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/06/11

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin next year can help to renew the demoralised Irish Church, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said yesterday.

The Italian authorities have unfreezed £20 million ($33 million, €23 million) in funds belonging to the Vatican Bank.

Catholics in Poland have marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the Polish Primate who stood up to Communism.

Archbishop Antonio Vegliò, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers, has said that multiculturalism should be replaced by the concept of “interculturalism”.

Actor Eduardo Verástegui has opened a pro-life centre in Los Angeles.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is preparing to make its most authoritative statement yet on physician-assisted suicide.

Filip Vucak, Croatia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, says that his countrymen are eagerly awaiting the Pope’s arrival tomorrow.

Theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ offers a new vision for the Church in Ireland.

George Neumayr applauds the Vatican’s decision to remove the Australian Bishop William Morris.

Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller says that Catholic radio and television programmes in the United States are drawing large audiences of the over-50s.

And two bishops have called for a nationwide smoking ban in the Philippines.