Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/06/11

Pope Benedict waves at the faithful before a Mass marking the National Day of Croatian Catholic Families (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Secularism has led to the “increasing disintegration of the family“, Benedict XVI said at a Mass in Zagreb yesterday during his two-day visit to Croatia. The Pope gave seven addresses in total, including major speeches to Croatian intellectuals and to young people, and an in-flight press conference.

Pope Benedict has named Dom Hugh Gilbert, the Abbot of Pluscarden, as the next Bishop of Aberdeen.

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has clarified that girls are not permitted to serve at the altar in the Extraordinary Form.

The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, has predicted that a divided Libya would become a “breeding ground” for terrorism.

The Egyptian authorities have said that 48 people will face trial after deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo in May.

The first priestly ordinations of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham took place at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on Saturday (photo).

Fr Dwight Longenecker says that the Personal Ordinariate could became “a new bridge across the Tiber” for Evangelical Christians.

Massimo Introvigne says that every five minutes a Christian is martyred.

Fr Federico Lombardi examines the prospects for Southern Sudan, which will become Africa’s 54th independent state on July 9.

Dr James Hitchcock investigates “the failure of liberal Catholicism“.

And Jennifer Fulwiler presents a “socially awkward person’s guide to the Sign of Peace”.